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Waterboarding: Could waterboarding be a fitting punishment?

  • Punishment fit the crime

    Waterboarding is a very uncomfortable feeling and I believe that there are plenty of people that if it was done to them would not do whatever it was that got them the punishment in the first place. Since waterboarding causes a person to feel like they are drowning it would be effective in preventing people from performing certain actions.

  • Waterboarding should no be used as punishment

    No. Waterboarding is technique used to gain information from personnel that do not wish to disclose the information needed. I do not believe that it should be a form of punishment for a crime. I should only be used as a last results instances that lives are on the line.

  • Torture is not punishment

    Torture is not punishment, torture is torture. As it is, punishment is an archaic concept. Prisons should exist to rehabilitate or keep dangerous people out of society. Waterboarding them for their crimes does not reduce the crime, eliminate it, or change it. It's just another crime a human being is committing upon another human being.

  • Waterboarding isn't a punishment.

    I don't think that waterboarding should be used as a punishment. You use waterboarding as a way to get info out of someone, not show them they did something wrong. Even then I believe that waterboarding probably isn't effective in getting truthful admissions out of the people they are waterboarding.

  • Waterboarding could not be a fitted punishment.

    Waterboarding is a form of torture, more specifically a type of water torture, in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death. Waterboarding is not a fitting punishment.

  • Waterboarding Unethical At All Times

    Waterboarding should never be considered a fitting punishment because it's unethical to say the least. Simulating a drowning against someone else can lead to mental and emotional trauma that doesn't go away. PTSD is a common reaction to such an event, and nobody deserves to go through that. With that in mind, waterboarding practices need to be put to an end.

  • No, it is not.

    Waterboarding is not a fitting punishment in my opinion. To me torture of any kind is going a bit far, no matter what it is that we need to know, or what the person has done. It is not right to make someone go through extensive pain, and torture that can be mentally/physically taxing, it makes us no better than them.

  • The 8th Amendment

    We have it for a reason. No cruel or unusual punishment. Torture, which water boarding is, is very inhumane and scars our society as a whole. What if the person that we are water boarding turns out to be innocent? Also, if we try to use it to extract information from someone, it will likely not work because it hasn't worked in the past. If they were a hardened criminal or terrorist who knew useful information, don't you think they would be trained to not give up any information. The only people who would talk would be low level criminals who knew nothing or people who didn't actually commit a crime. Finally, we should be focused on reforming criminals not punishing them. Overall, just a bad idea.


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