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Were the "enhanced interrogation techniques" of the Bush administration justified at the time?

  • Yes, it is needed.

    ¨Enhanced Interrogation techniques allow the United States to find out important information from the captives, keeping the U.S. safe. These people want us dead, and our lives matter more than theirs. Despite, some issues with these techniques, we need them to keep the citizens of america safe from the terrorists.

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  • These were hard decisions made in a hard time. Did any of these people that are against EIT's have someone they knew killed in 9/11?

    This was war kids! Protecting the people of the USA was more important. We kill people in war. How is this different than EIT's? They lived. If we had killed them over there all you people would saying nothing. I'm sure most of the people who are saying NO, didn't have people that served in the war.

  • Yes, of course!

    They were justified. Many innocent lives were saved. The right to life of a law abiding citizen should trump the right of a normal interrogation. If there is any chance at all that a terrorist has information on an upcoming terrorist attack, it is our responsibility to extract that information in any way that is necessary.

  • Yes, because the terrorists arrogantly demanded their attorneys when apprehended in battle.

    This was a difficult situation. There were terrorists that were captured that had information about possible attacks in the future. These individuals contemptuously asked for their attorneys, before answering questions. The interrogation was not torture, as practiced in some countries. Waterboarding was limited to only a couple of people. The Bush administration was trying to find a way through the problem. The Obama administration avoided the problem by killing the terrorists with drone missiles. This limits the possible intelligence that can be gained.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • I think enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically in a time of war, is necessary and justified.

    I believe that the enhanced interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration were justified, because we were in a war. Those techniques, although brutal, helped lead us to the killing of Osama Bin Laden just a few months ago. War is ugly and terrorism is ugly. And, I believe that, if we can get quality information by using these techniques, then we must utilize them. It's for the safety of our country and of our service men and women.

    Posted by: SilentIgnacio
  • I believe that enhanced interrogation is extremely useful in keeping public safety.

    Hit domestic common prisoners HARD with deprivation of rights provided by the 28th Amentment, infinite detention without trial brought to you by the 28th, and finally, enhanced interrogation (codified by you guessed it, the 28th).

  • I believe the enhanced interrogation techniques were justified because of the need to ensure the security of our nation.

    I believe the enhanced interrogation techniques used under the Bush administration were justified because the information that we received through these interrogations was necessary in order to ensure our national security. I do not think that these methods should be routinely used. I do think that if we are in a situation where many lives may be lost, as we have seen in the terror attacks of September 11, it is justifiable to use enhanced interrogation techniques.

    Posted by: w00dwitch
  • I do believe that the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogation techniques" were absolutely justified in the effort to keep innocent people safe.

    The criticizing of some of the Bush administration's "torture" is hilarious to me. If sleep deprivation is considered torture, then all new mothers are tortured for months on end. Our government has a duty to keep us safe. If that means water-boarding terrorists to get information, than I believe that is something that is necessary.

    Posted by: KerbyLuv
  • I don't see it as justification, it was an action, no more, no less.

    People see it as going beyond human rights, but that is figurative. What are words in sway to a power who will not listen. So in the case of this it is an action for the country to do what it needs to get information it seeks. There is no justification, there is only action and excuse.

    Posted by: Bear
  • "Enhanced interrogation" equals torture

    The Bush administration's so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" were barbaric human rights violations. The abuses that detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib suffered were appalling, how do we justify treating people that way? National security does not outweigh constitutional rights. The outrages committed against the detainees left a dark stain on the morals of the U.S. military.

  • The "enhanced interrogation" techniques of the Bush Administration were not justified because it was still torture.

    The so-called "enhanced interrogation" techniques of the Bush Administration were torture, pure and simple. The ends do not justify the means. It has been shown that no valuable intelligence information was received by virtue of these techniques. If we do what evil people do, then we become evil ourselves. There is no morally acceptable reason for this brand of intelligence gathering.

    Posted by: SimplisticRoosevelt
  • The "enhanced interrogation" procedures of the Bush administration harmed the nation's global standing and our relationships with important allies.

    The "enhanced interrogation" procedures that were perpetrated under the Bush regime amounted to nothing more than torture and harmed the nation as a whole. The US is no longer looked to as a bastion of freedom and laws, but as a hypocritical police state with no respect for human life.

    Posted by: C0n5tGet
  • While safety remains important, interrogation techniques that include torture do not provide sufficiently valuable information.

    Public safety ranks high among priorities, but torturing suspects or witnesses does not provide sufficiently reliable or valuable information. Those who are tortured do not provide information on the basis of this torture, for the most part, and when they do give information it frequently contains only kernels of truth. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest that torture more effectively provides information than any other technique.

    Posted by: ButEasy
  • No, I disagree that the enhanced interrogation techniques of the Bush administration were justified because, as a leader of a country that represents freedom and respect so much, it was a terrible thing that was done to human beings.

    I disagree that the enhanced interrogation techniques of the Bush administration were justified, because the country Bush represented is better than that. We are a strong country that believes in and stands on freedom, pride, and respect. Who was he to mistreat a fellow human being? Sure, these people may not have been respectful themselves, but why sink to their level? It was a poor decision, especially coming from government officials.

    Posted by: I33Iess
  • No; enhanced interrogation techniques are torture and a violation of human rights.

    Whether we call them by the euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques" or refer to them more honestly as forms of torture, the way that the Bush administration treated detainees was cruel and degrading. It violated international human rights accords and thus was also illegal. There is no excuse for torture in any circumstance because it violates human dignity.

    Posted by: R3yGoobIe
  • No, because enhanced interrogation was cruel and unusual.

    Bush's enhanced interrogation techniques were cruel and unusual. They allowed for men to be water-boarded at Gitmo, and also allowed for hours of torture while they would hook them up in odd positions, forcing them to talk. Half the time, the info that was coming out was wrong because the prisoners just wanted the torture over.

    Posted by: WillowsErv
  • The Bush administration's tactics were not justified because torture is never acceptable.

    Using torture isn't a reliable way of obtaining intelligence. None of these techniques actually produced enough information to capture Osama bin Laden, for instance. It also violates human rights, decreases respect for the United States abroad, and makes it more likely that other people will mistreat our soldiers if they are captured. We should not change our views on this based on temporary whims or extreme circumstances.

    Posted by: NoIanP4P3r
  • No, violations of human rights that are considered torture by international law are never justified.

    The use of torture may be an expedient means of gaining information, however it comes at the intolerably high price of committing irreparable harm to the fabric of social and political ethics. The losses of credibility in the country's own eyes and the eyes of others is also costly. These techniques were misguided, at best, and an horrific breach of international responsibility and of human rights at worst.

    Posted by: baltute
  • No, barbaric torture techniques are never justifiable; it is sick and evil.

    The enhanced interrogation techniques the Bush administration used to try to extract information from alleged terrorists were completely unjustified. The United States using these methods makes us no better than the evil individuals who seek to harm this country and the people living in it. Those people who tortured the terrorist suspects should be subject to the same laws and rules as everyone else. And they should be made to answer for their behavior.

    Posted by: PinkMych

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