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SlipperySlope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-12-06 06:35 PM
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171. That definition is fine, except for the last part...
I think that definition is excellent, with a caveat about the last sentence.

I'm going to chop it down for purposes of discussion:

"Any act by which severe .. suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as .. punishing him for an act he .. has committed"

There you have it, not much different from my definition. And the heart of it (to me) is that involuntary captivity inflicts severe mental suffering, and therefore is torture.

Regarding the definition as a whole, what is this bit about: "It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions." Does this mean that so long as the legislature has passed a law authorizing jumper-cables on the testicles as a lawful sanction, it is no longer torture?
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