Do you think it's right to Torture Prisoners?

Do you think it's right to Torture Prisoners?

CopyrightGuest Photo  Photo: Ilter Duran

This photo was taken at an exhibit on medieval torture at the Tower of London. At the time it was taken, 35.4% had approved of torture as punishment, 26.8% had conditionally approved as an interrogation method, and 37.8% were against it. Effectively, 62.2% of those that pressed the buttons approved of torture!

This number is roughly consistent with surveys done in the United States, Britain and France.

Quoting the Wikipedia article, Torture: is prohibited under international law and the domestic laws of most countries in the 21st century. It is considered to be a violation of human rights, and is declared to be unacceptable by Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Signatories of the Third Geneva Convention and Fourth Geneva Convention officially agree not to torture prisoners in armed conflicts. Torture is also prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which has been ratified by 147 states.

Despite being signatories in all those, both the US and the UK were accused of using "cruel and unusual punishments" or "outsourcing torture" in the recent years.

If you are NOT interested in reading a long document with many scientific studies revealing the ineffectiveness of torture, then, the short is: "torture is not an effective interrogation technique!" And for those 62.2% that pressed the wrong buttons: Interrogatory Torture requires a "presumption of guilt" or the "presumption that there is some extractable vital information". The tortured will say anything to escape the situation, including false confessions and implicating other innocent people. Go back and read some of your history! Once you go back down that slippery slope...

The 2010 film "Unthinkable" starring Samuel L. Jackson, raises some interesting questions related to torture.
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