Torture Essays

Torture Definition

According to David Luban, “Torture used to be incompatible with American values. Our Bill of Rights forbids cruel and unusual punishment…Americans and our government have historically condemned states that (practice) torture; we have granted asylum or refuge to those who fear it” (Luban, 1425).             But after 9/11, the American public was divided over the issue of the torture of prisoners of war or civilians suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. The torture debate intensified with the emergence of…

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Building Baby from the Genes Up

1)-Anne Quindlen’s job is to be a reporter, a journalist. 2)-She got interested in the case because she could see herself as one of the victims. 3)-She has a negative attitude towards death penalty, because in the essay she is saying that the death penalty does not solve anything. 4)-Ms. Quindlen tells the readers that if one day her daughter gets killed by a person, she would like to kill that person and make him/her suffer just like her daughter…

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Torture in the United States

Torture has existed all over the world for millennia but what is torture in America today? The C. I. A. and the F. B. I. have recently used torture against terrorists who were suspected to have vital information concerning American safety. Since torture is illegal in the United States, most of this torture took place at Guantanamo Bay in the southeastern corner of Cuba. Detainees at the detention camp were not entitled to any of the protections of the Geneva…

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To Torture or not to Torture

First, the hard facts: Torturing the little girl would work—meaning, thousands of lives or maybe more could be saved. Not torturing the girl would lead to the bomb’s detonation, decimating an entire city. Based on these facts, the statistics show that the act of torturing a little girl that could permanently and irreversibly damage her life forever is against the lives of a population the size of a large city. Looking at it mathematically, it is supposed to be a…

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Is Torture Ever Acceptable

According to the UN Convention Against Torture, any infliction of torture1 i. e. waterboarding is banned under international law and the domestic laws of most countries in the 21st century. The point of contention is whether torture under any circumstances should be entirely prohibited. This opinion piece will be centered towards the debate regarding interrogation using torture methods and argue that torture is never acceptable from the moral and utilitarian perspectives. Strong advocates of anti-torture laws will give you a…

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Torture_ a Moral Wrong and a Moral Duty

Since Aristotle argues that some feelings such as “malice, shamelessness and envy” or actions such as “adultery, theft and murder” are evil by their very nature (1107a9-18), we can also assume that torture in his view is evil in itself as well. The philosopher provides two important considerations leading to a conclusion that he considers torture as an absolute moral wrong. First and foremost, Aristotle argues that the evil character of those things does not depend on how strong evil…

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Torture_ History and Definition

Torture is a phenomenon that is embedded in the history of mankind, from ancient civilization to the present.  It has been given many meanings, but has eluded exact definition.  One of the earliest definitions was given by a Third Century jurist named Ulpian, who stated that “by torture, we are to understand the torment and suffering of the body in order to elicit the truth.  Neither interrogation by itself, nor lightly inspired fear pertains to this edict.  Since, therefore, torture…

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Stop Torture

Would you authorize torturing an individual in order to save the lives of hundreds? A majority of the population would agree that sometimes torture becomes necessary. Employed during war, many civilians believe torture is justified as a method to retrieve information to save lives and many military personnel would argue that the same methods would be used against their comrades. Contrary to the majority, the use of torture is unnecessary because it harms innocent individuals, provides inaccurate information, and contradicts…

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Is Solitary Confinement Torture

Solitary Confinement is the act of placing a prisoner in a small cell, usually the size of your average bathroom, for up to 23 hours a day with one hour reserved for physical activity. The only contact the prisoner is allowed to have with the outside world is through letters. It sounds horrible, but is it torture? To answer this we have to define and set up criteria for something to be considered “torture”. I have created such a definition…

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Torture as Part and Parcel of Authoritarian Regimes

The history of torture in Western Europe is very ancient. It goes back to the Greeks, the Romans, and through the Middle Ages till the nineteenth century.[1] Torture was used in almost all societies in the ancient world. For example, prisoners of war in Egypt, Greece, and Romewere were often taken into slavery, and they were always subject to torture.[2] From ancient times to our days torture was widely used to ensure security, stability and legality of ruling elites.[3] Humanistic…

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Torture of Prisoners in Custody

Torture of prisoners in custody is one of the hidden evils of the Bush administration’s “War on Terror.” What made it very atrocious was that it exposed the hypocrisy of the said campaign. Despite its being the world’s bastion of freedom, democracy and human rights, the United States is practicing torture on its political prisoners. It is usually carried out under the guise of interrogating suspected terrorists.             Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib are the most recent scandals that unmasked the…

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The Ethics of Torture

Torture is causing pain and suffering to gain information and confessions. It’s a traditional, historical, well-understood term. Waterboarding is a form of torture in which a bound, gagged prisoner is forced to breathe in water. There are several techniques but all produce the same effects, a physical sensation of drowning and a psychological sensation of panic, fear and loss of control. Calling it anything other than torture is absurd. You wouldn’t call a bank robbery a “cash gathering technique,” even…

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