Torture: An Underlooked Controversy
Torture is used to get information by using physical force on someone, such as waterboarding (pouring water down someone’s nose while they’re upside down). This may be very helpful to the interrogator if he wants to find out information on terrorists, but interrogators may be torturing somebody who is truly innocent. This is part of the large controversy that surrounds torture, for the reason of torture is to get information so innocent lives may be saved, not torturing innocent men because they are thought to be terrorists. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, some government officials believe physical force is justified against suspected Al Qaeda terrorists. Americans should and need to learn more about torture in the modern world.
With torture, there are many different beliefs on what is right, and what is wrong. Several human rights groups have criticized Iraq for a long time, for its brutality with men in torture chambers. The conflict is not specifically towards Iraq, for torture is practiced in more than 100 countries across the globe [ (Tse) ]. Human rights groups are trying to completely abolish torture, but this is a very difficult task to accomplish. Several countries use it to find information fast before innocent people are killed. Many experts agree with this statement, saying that everyone has a breaking point, and it’s just a matter of when they break. Yet there is another problem, for people being tortured may say anything to make the pain stop. This creates misleading information for the interrogators.
Throughout history, there has been a lot of torture- from ancient Mesopotamia, to Iraq. Philosophers like Aristotle claimed that torture was the most reliable way to extract information.
Torture techniques in this generation are not nearly as inhumane and extreme as torture practices in Medieval and Middle Ages. Many ancient colonies (such as the Roman Empire) were known...