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Is the use of torture against terrorist suspects ever justified?

  • Moral Civilization Is Not A Suicide Pact

    It is an ugly world and if a serious threat is imminent and torture is the only way to stop evil men then so be it. I won't let one man's moral high horse doom millions to death. For the self-righteous, uber-idealist types watch Star Trek DS9 episode In the Pale Moonlight and see it laid out perfectly.

  • If necessary to save innocents, YES

    The main argument against torture is that it is mitigates a suspected terrorist's rights as a human being. My argument for torture is that they are willing do the same (taking away the right to life) for many many innocent people. If ignoring the human rights of a single EVIL person will keep intact the right to life for many innocents, I wholly believe that it is justified. Torture must however remain off books and taboo to prevent it becoming acceptable.

  • Terrorists would have no qualms about torturing

    As the terrorist cells we are opposing often have extreme ideological roots, it is fair to assume that the members of such organisations have been indoctrinated to a large degree to not surrender easily, or betray their side by giving away information. Torture would be effective in breaking down these individuals so that the only option they have is to yield the necessary information, whereas with normal interrogation techniques they would have succeeded in not giving anything anyway.

  • It is always justified for a terrorist

    As cruel and inhumane as it sounds, many people fail to notice that torture is reserved for certain cases, such as terrorism. We must do whatever it takes to get a terrorist to talk, whether it succeeds or fails, whether its humane or inhumane. Remember, these are the people that are trying to destroy America and have every intention of causing harm or death to Americans.

  • Yes it is. The use of torture against terrorist suspects is ever justified?

    If a alcida terrorist is not compliing then what do, do we simple sit down and say '' oh please will you tell us where and who your bomb maker is'' if they are killing hundreds of marine soilders and they arent telling us infomatin about their ''comerads'' so if they dont talk they get whats coming to them.

  • Torture can be justified

    I think that torture against terrorist suspects can be justified. I think that our military should use whatever means necessary in order to keep our country and our citizens safe. I would also posit that when torture is used it should be after all other means have been exhausted. There are many other countries that use torture and our use of it would level the playing field.

  • Sometimes it is the only option.

    This is a tough question, but yes, I think that use of torture against terrorist suspects can be justified under certain circumstances. If the terrorist suspect is really just not cooperating and every other means of gathering information from them has been used, then I think that torture is the only option and it is justified.

  • Torture is inhumane. But the death of several Americans is VERY inhumane.

    Terrorists are constantly finding ways to kill Americans. In the end the question is not if we should uphold morals or not, because the only moral choice and the right one is to save more lives. Would you forsake saving countless lives just because you can't do something "inhumane"? After all, terrorists are ready and willing to kill many, so is torture not justified with their actions?

  • It is ok to torture.

    If the military are going to get info from torture then it is ok to do it. If it is crucial information then it is certainly ok to get info like Osaka bin Latin and were he is. Even if it kills them it is good and it will send a message to other terrorists all across the world

  • Yes, torture against terrorists is always justified.

    Once you commit a crime of terror against our country you should be tortured. It should be irrelevant if you have any additional information to provide or not. You should be tortured until you die. This should be done on national television to warn the other terrorists of what will happen.

  • No, because they may obtain false information.

    Torture might end with information that is vital to a mission, but happens only a fraction of the time. Most of the time, a terrorist would either lie or rather die than get information. The use of torture just makes our country look bad and gives the impression that we are heartless.

  • The use of torture is not justified.

    As a person whom lost someone in the terrorists acts on 9/11, I feel torture is justified. However, in all reality, torture of a human being, no matter how low they may be, is not cool. Nobody deserves to be tortured. As strong willed as they are, torture would not work anyway.

  • Torture is an unreliable, impractical, inhumane way of obtaining information, even in the current war on terror.

    Many experts argue that torture is an unreliable means of obtaining useful information. Torture ultimately fails to elicit the expected information because the subject is saying anything interrogators want to hear to stop the ordeal (or deliberately lies to waste the interrogators' time and make it more likely the bomb will go off), or worse: the detainee is innocent. By adopting a "the ends justify the means" approach this would allow nine innocent people to be tortured as long as the tenth offered a full confession. Furthermore,t has been estimated that as few as two dozen of the 600 detainees at Guantanamo had any potential intelligence value even if it could be obtained from them.

  • It's not fair, nor is it humane

    Americans always think that the key to success is killing or torturing. It is not fair. All people should be treated the same. After Americas big racism issue a while ago, now all things we do as Americans aginst another race is considered "racist". Being called a racist is not a good thing, all people are made equally no matter what race, size, shape, sex, ect. We all have the right to live and as Americans we have to do what is right. If a young Middle Eastern girl wasn't anti-american when she was younger. She may be one later on because of acts like killing her family members. She may be anti-American when she gets older as she realizes how unfair and racist America is or even she will be afraid that she will be tortured just because she is a different race even if she is completely innocent.

  • It's not fair, nor is it humane

    Americans always think that the key to success is killing or torturing. It is not fair. All people should be treated the same. After Americas big racism issue a while ago, now all things we do as Americans aginst another race is considered "racist". Being called a racist is not a good thing, all people are made equally no matter what race, size, shape, sex, ect. We all have the right to live and as Americans we have to do what is right. If a young Middle Eastern girl wasn't anti-american when she was younger. She may be one later on because of acts like killing her family members. She may be anti-American when she gets older as she realizes how unfair and racist America is or even she will be afraid that she will be tortured just because she is a different race even if she is completely innocent.

  • It's useless to torture

    If you torture the terrorists it will all the more develop more anger against the society and provoke them to run away from the jails and conduct more terrorist attacks and probably they might be more severe from the previous attacks. Also they are trained in such a manner that if you give them a third degree torture then also they will not say a word about there mission.

  • It is inhumane

    Every human deserves to not get tortured, no matter how bad they are and most of the time it will get you false information, useless information, or no information and then no one gets what they need or want, no matter what you saw the law says NO. Don't try.

  • Torture is inhumane

    Torches the most inhumane thing don't believe me then asks all the humans rights movement if it's justified to torture a terrorist terrorist are still human beings also think of your families how would you like it if your dad or mom was tortured Solon that she died whoever thinks that torture is justified has a sick mind

  • Torture is inhumane

    Torches the most inhumane thing don't believe me then asks all the humans rights movement if it's justified to torture a terrorist terrorist are still human beings also think of your families how would you like it if your dad or mom was tortured Solon that she died whoever thinks that torture is justified has a sick mind

  • Torture is inhumane

    Torches the most inhumane thing don't believe me then asks all the humans rights movement if it's justified to torture a terrorist terrorist are still human beings also think of your families how would you like it if your dad or mom was tortured Solon that she died whoever thinks that torture is justified has a sick mind


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