The Pros And Cons Of Torture

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Blindfolds covered his eyes. His hands are tied in knots and he had not eaten in over twenty-four hours. Periodically his is given electrical shocks. He is not permitted to go to the bathroom. He hears curtailing screams from women in a room next to him. He will never forget those screams. Interrogations lasted up to sixteen hours. The detainee is hounded with questions, all while being victimized with physical violence. He is beaten with an iron rod. Now he has a permanent leg injury. He will never work again. He described it as a living hell. This man is a Syrian refugee tortured and interrogated for information (Gupta, 2016). This story is not uncommon for torture victims. Torture is defined as, “The act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or…show more content…
There is no guarantee that torture is effective in retrieving information. Torture can never be accepted as a necessary evil. While those being tortured are criminals, they are also human. Torturing a criminal is violating the law, and is immoral. All humans have rights against these heinous acts under the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”. (‘Bill of Rights’, n.d.) The urgency for information does not override the basic rights of another human. Torturing, even the most dangerous of terrorists, is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. The Eighth Amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishments and torture is an act of cruel and unusual punishment. Other nonviolent acts of torture violate human dignity and rights include withholding food, sleep deprivation, or lack of medical attention. (Saul, 2004) Inflicting physical or mental pain dehumanizes the criminal and violates the Constitution of America. Universally countries believe that torturing is wrong. There is no country that opens agrees that torching should be accepted. Beyond the Constitution of the United States torture violate the

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