Violence with Violence Essay

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Violence with Violence "Torture is treated like a homeopathic technique: a little violence used against violence might cure violence" - Vijay Prashad. Let’s imagine one of your family members is being held hostage and they are hidden in a chamber that is slowly being filled with water but somehow you manage to capture one of the people responsible. You already know that time is limited and you have to act fast, so the question is would you torture this guy to get the information you need? In case you did, do you think that your reason justifies the actions you did? I think not. Relating to torture, the United States claims that they do not torture in any means. However all you have to do to prove it wrong is to check articles and pictures of prisons in Iraq. The methods of torture used in Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison were considered the most “unique” techniques ever used and some of these techniques were used for the first time ever. For example, DOD discovered that one prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi, died as a result of torture. The death was ruled a homicide by the military. (1) One detainee claimed he was sodomized. The Taguba Report found the claim ("Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick") to be credible (2). Torture will never be justified for any reason and against anyone. Torture is morally and ethically very wrong. Torture has not been proven effective in time-sensitive situations, as confessions given from tortured detainees may lead to false confessions. Confessions given from a person who has been tortured are not reliable. According to Bonnie Block, the president of the Dane County United Nations Association and former chair of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, “Torture is not effective. The testimony of those who have been tortured is that they confess to anything to stop the pain. Many FBI and CIA

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