No to Torture Essay

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Fernanda Felix Watley English 101 September 26, 2012 No to Torture Torture is something that no one wants to be a victim of, whenever the word torture comes up; pain is the first thing I think of. The most common definition of torture can be found in the United Nations Convention against Torture, and it read that torture is “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person”. In the article “Is there a Torturous Road to Justice?” by Alan Dershowitz he talks about the different techniques of torture and how if situations were to arise where torture would be practiced, a judge should issue a torture warrant. Dershowitz argues that he has no doubt that if an actual ticking bomb situation were to arise, our law enforcement authorities would torture. While it is true that our law enforcement would torture in critical situations like that are valid points, but asking for a torture warrant from a judge is not. Instead, torture is something that should stay illegal because asking for torture warrants is like accepting torture as a legal practice. I know that if I were being tortured, I’d admit to anything that would get them to stop, even if I hadn’t done it. So is torture even an efficient way to get a truthful response or a valid confession? No, nothing admitted under torture should be considered a valid confession. For example take the ticking bomb scenario that Dershowitz points out in his article, well what if the man they had in custody was the wrong guy, or not even a terrorist. He would not admit to anything because obviously he is not guilty, so our law enforcement decides to torture. Under torture he is obviously going to admit to a crime he is not responsible for, and the only result to that is the punishment to a innocent man and no gain of the information that was expected in the first place.

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