Secrets Of Torture

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The Dark Secrets of Torture Since September 11, 2001 America has been put under the spotlight. For the past 8 years we have watched, read, and heard about the “War on Terror”. We put our name in history when pictures and video footage made its way to the media of American soldiers torturing prisoners of war. We then were faced with the reality of torture being committed within our own military. Armed forces were being trained to torture prisoners without leaving any evidence that a crime had been committed. All eyes were on America. Torture has been used for decades, although its techniques have progressed overtime. The severity of torture has fluctuated through each era becoming more traumatizing and dramatic. Up until the…show more content…
This is a technique where a detainee is strapped to a board, their feet are slightly higher then their heart, there is a black mask covering there face, and a towel is placed over the mask and their face with pressure being applied. The torturer begins dumping water on their face. In some cases they play extremely loud music. Waterboarding causes a sensation of being drowned. Christopher Hitchens, a British American journalist and literary critic, decided to put himself to the test and underwent waterboarding. He had a very intense experience. Hitchens says, “You may have read a lie about this treatment, which is that it ‘stimulates’ the feeling of being drowned. This is not the case. You are being drowned or rather being drownded, slowly and under controlled conditions”. Hitchens explains waterboarding to be like more of a foreplay compared to real torture. Special Forces that undergo this advanced form of training also known as SERE (Survival, evasion, resistance, escape) (Hitchens). These people were trained to resist these harsh treatments not to inflict them. Interrogators also use the “ticking time bomb theory”. The theory being, if a terrorist has planted a bomb and the only way to find it is to torture the terrorist, then torture is necessary to save innocent lives. Those who stand behind torture, rely on this theory because it is so persuasive. The ticking time bomb has three rationalizations; torture is justified because of the innocent lives that will be saved, torture should be attempted in extreme cases and, torture is a defense action, similar to fighting a war against a country that posses a imitate threat

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