Open Forum: Torture

July 23, 2008 § 10 Comments

While the use of torture (for any purpose) is perceived universally as an abomination and a practice that should be abandoned and condemned, there are people who argue that the use of torture (in certain cases) is acceptable if it can help save lives. This begs an important question.

If lives are at stake and the use of torture may lead to information that could help save many of these precious lives, should torture be permitted under such condition? Share your views on this controversial issue.

Common Torture Methods:

Water torture, Denailing, Electric shock, Forced starvation, Pitchcapping, Garrotting, Bone breaking, & Branding.

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§ 10 Responses to Open Forum: Torture

  • steve says:

    Anybody that thinks torture does not work or is not necessary needs to reevaluate who they are. Its an interrogation tool that if you used properly saves lives and prevents harm to innocent people. How many terrorist attacks were prevented because Kalid Sheik Mohammed was INTERROGATED…americans have to ready for the next step if this is going to be a safer place to live Zman sends

  • vishesh says:

    well anyway we all torture ourselves…i don’t believe in physical torture….i mean it is easy to just ignore the body…i mean easier than handling mental pressure…

  • PiedType says:

    Definitely against. It’s immoral and inhumane, and doesn’t necessarily get the info you want anyway.

  • According to Accordions says:

    I’ve heard the utilitarian applications of torture.

    I think prevention’s a tad bit more reasonable.

    Gitmo, anyone?

  • Torture is unacceptable because it is despicable, barbaric and uncivilised!

  • royiii says:

    I don’t think that the use of any form of torture is justified. if you torture anyone, they are going to break at some point, so they eventually will admit to anything regardless of whether they did it or not. This makes it pretty flawed as a way of extracting information, so the only reason for doing it is because the interrogators want to do it. it is a total abuse of human rights.

  • Renee says:

    Torture does not lead to reliable information. Under duress a person will say anything to make the pain stop. What works is building a relationship with a person and interrogating them of the course of days, week, months..it takes time and there are no easy solutions. This of course is beyond the argument that torture is morally reprehensible and I would never support it.

  • theroadnow says:

    I agree with Steve. I think that it the media we should worry about, they tend to always focus on the negative. Seems the media has a hard time reporting the benefits of anything.

    Torture away, I like me freedom.

    Adam

  • leafless says:

    I’m against torture of any kind and for any reason. There are many things in life worth sacrificing — allowing the proliferation of torture isn’t one of them. The best way to counter terrorists and the evil people of the world is to stick to our core principles.

    Although the use of torture may yield life-saving info, it also gives ammunition to the enemies who will use this as a propagation tool (e.g. Abu Ghraib) and an excuse to further pursue their heinous acts. Have courage!

  • MistyPencil says:

    I’m totally against torture. I also believe it is a threat to freedom.
    If we find new ways to fight terrorism, we must make sure they don’t take away our freedom.

    I’ve read that Benjamin Franklin said:
    “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”

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