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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:24 PM

Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky
Adjunct Professor
Peking University School of Transnational Law

Kathryn Bigelow's new film, Zero Dark Thirty, has reignited the debate over the role torture should play in U.S. counterterrorism policy. Here's the CliffsNotes answer: none ...

... Arguing that something works isn't a valid response to deep-seated moral objections. Lost in the argument over torture's effectiveness is the debate over torture's morality ...

... Many professional interrogators believe torture is ineffective and counterproductive. Senator McCain -- no softie on national defense -- has unequivocally opposed torture and regularly recounts how it didn't work on him. Even assuming that information obtained by torture was essential to finding bin Laden, that doesn't mean that torture was essential to obtaining that information ...

... Torture makes individuals less likely to surrender to U.S. troops because they fear inhumane treatment. It makes others more likely to mistreat our troops because, they argue, they're only following the U.S. example. Torturing also makes it easier for terrorists to recruit, because we lose the moral high ground ...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-zelinsky/torture-zero-dark-thirty_b_2292436.html

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:31 PM

1. The purpose of torture is to instill fear in the populace the same as any other

form of terrorism.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:41 PM

2. It is wrong

To harm anyone under your care and control, period.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:15 PM

3. One thing I agree with JOhn McCain on,"It's not about who they are. It's about who we are."

Of course, he may have changed his mind since this 2001-2002 quote, but I still agree with it.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:42 AM

4. We hung Japanese soldiers after WW2 for water boarding our POWs

 

We must not allow sadists and inhuman policy makers/implementers to turn us all into monsters.



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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:31 AM

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