Analysis: Is Torture The Ticking Time Bomb Terrorist?

1152 Words5 Pages
Alex Jauregui Albright Philo 105 December 8, 2011 Torture the Ticking Time Bomb Terrorist? The authorities capture a person who is believed with high probability that he knows the person who planted a bomb in a public place which is timed to detonate in forty-eight hours, but the person refuses to talk. Authorities try to scare and bribe him but they are unsuccessful. This scenario is also known as “ticking time bomb.” Should the authorities try to find better ways of interrogation, or should they be permitted to use physical force to make the person reveal the name of the person who planted the bomb? Torture is sometimes used when a suspect is believed to have information on a catastrophic event or might know of a terrorist organization. The suspect is then exposed to a painful series of different mental and physical methods to give up the desired information. Torture has been used in times of war and in situations where the information could save a society form danger. However, torture should never be justifiable or acceptable because it usually doesn’t provide reliable information, the person that we want to torture might truly not know the information that we would like to obtain, and it would degrade our nations integrity. “Suspects that are inflicted with torture will say just about anything to…show more content…
There is a subtle fallacy embedded in the traditional ‘ticking bomb’ argument for torture to save lives.” Some of the U.S. leaders use the classic torture-one-to-save-many scenario to argue that torture is justifiable and sounds plausible. Some people would agree that using torture in the “ticking time bomb” scenario is justifiable, but it is hypothetical and unrealistic and bears no relation to the circumstances. The argument is fallacious and irrelevant because these situations rarely

More about Analysis: Is Torture The Ticking Time Bomb Terrorist?

Open Document