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Similar scenario is drawn about a bomb on a jet with hundreds of passenger’s lives at stake and unless information about the bomb is made available, the bomb will explode and kill thousands. Another scenario asked a few mothers if torture is justified for a person who has kidnapped their baby.
The logic and reasoning used by Levine is that false sense of ethics should be set aside when the lives of innocent people are at stake. His further justification is that in most cases, victims of terrorist’s attacks are innocent people who have done nothing to offend a terrorist. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the other hand, the criminal carries out pre mediated terror attacks for profit or to fulfill some religious zeal. In any case, the terrorist is willing to die in his attempt. In such an instance, law enforcers should keep aside their false sense of ethics and torture the criminal to extract a confession that will save lives.
On first reading, the essay of Levine seems logical and his arguments sensible. If torture and pain can extract and yield information that helps to save lives, then it should be done. However, one is not sure if torture will work on suicidal terrorists who are ready to blow themselves for a religious cause. Assuming torture is applied and the criminal dies from the pain, then the only lead available is wasted. Modern medicines and truth serums help to obtain the required information without torture. This method is used regularly to extract the deepest hidden information from criminals and terrorists. There is always the fear that an indoctrinated terrorist will continue to tell lies even under torture.
Another very serious point is as to who will decide when torture is justified and if there is any graded procedure that can be used. If police officers and investigating officers decide that they feel torture is justified
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Despite its priority in international human rights convention, empirical evidence suggests that the elimination of torture is far from complete (Nagan and Atkins 2001, p. 87). For instance a global survey conducted by Amnesty International (2000) reflects that at least 7% of countries practice torture despite ascension to the Torture Convention.
Definition of torture offered by the United Nations Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) is, by far the most comprehensive and widely used definition. The definition also mentions several ways and reasons for which people may be tortured.
But it is also a logic that has been used to justify spying without a warrant, mass detentions, incarceration without trial, and abusive interrogation. In each case, we are told, some safeguards and rights that were formerly regarded as civil liberties have to be given up in the interests of security.
Law enforcement agencies commonly use torture during interrogation of suspects and criminals so as to obtain particular information from them. The debate on whether to use torture during interrogation is complex as it touches on morality and human rights.
Prohibition of Torture in the case of Guantanamo Bay Name Course Date Inflicting physical and emotional pain deliberately is referred to as torture. Since early time in history “torture has been used as a means of extracting information from suspects and prisoners”.1Torture is a major violation of someone’s human rights.
Correspondingly, it’s increasingly becoming a focus of the public debate. Being considered of crucial importance to both the very existence of liberal states and societies and regard for liberal values, the torture issue has divided the academia, the judiciary and the public opinion as well.
The various debates regarding this issue includes whether torture is justifiable during emergencies and also whether it is considered legal in states where there is ongoing terrorist attacks. The debates have divided the decision makers into two groups - one who support it especially in the case of terrorist attacks and the other group who are against it and who point out to the depravities and injustice.
In fact, it would be illogical to assume that the Bush administration could exploit the use of torture, the suspension of the Geneva Convention, and the detention of enemy combatants in violation of international conventions, while maintaining transparency and the ability of Americans to offer legal protests.
equency of these incidents has given rise to colleges and universities around the country to implement policies which prohibit sex without consent of the female on campus. This movement has generated much criticism as opponents believe it will hinder male and female student