Torture in Interrogations.
18 Apr 07
Firstly, i would like to be clear about the terms you are using; How one can name/define somebody as a terrorist, when informations are yet not available about him/her, or i am taking it too simply? If i am taking it simply and it is clear/evident that somebody is a terrorist, then it implies that information rather evidences are already available against him/her, so what's the need of torture to prove already proven matter? Do you believe that there would be no moral and legal implications, like violation of geneva convention and/or prisoners/detainees rights? While waiting for the answers, i think that US has capabilities and resources in place to avoid it. advanced information technology, specialized and skilled psychologists, intelligence network and processing, spies on ground, you name it, what US doesn't have to acquire information about someone. there is another problem, US has a leading role in the world and i think, the implications of some actions by US crosses the boundaries and effects the global political, economic and social scenario, what do you think? Psychologically, for many people, when the torture go pass the threshold edurance limit of somebody, one tends to accept even the crimes he/she hasn't committed just to avoid the torture, which is itself detrimental to judicial proceedings as, later, these confessions hinders the smooth processing of judicial system and work load increases.
• United States
14 Jun 07
*points* Kam said most of my thoughts exactly! Although..under the Patriot Acts it's already legal to torture people. "If deemed necessary" Suspected terrorists can also be denied a fair trial, a phone call, or even be told what they're arrested for. And because of our great technology some of it..like the cameras, phone taps, email surveillance, etc..may actually lead to their arrest. Even if they were only talking about a local terrorist event..it's unfair, and it's stupid..but they can do...and they ARE doing it. There's articles floating around about it too..look it up. It's utter bull, but they did it anyway. It really does make one think about what our government's coming to.
14 Jun 07
It's amazing as well as surprising, xParanoiax, that you were able to digup this forgotten discussion. It seems that we have agreement over the issue. I wonder if all americans think that their freedoms are being taken away. But at the same time security has been a challenge for US and in this context it is understandable to take some measures. My only concern is that these measures are perhaps more than enough, barring some basic freedoms.