Is Torture Morally Reprehensible? Essay

1254 Words Apr 17th, 2015 null Page
While just about everyone can agree that torture is morally reprehensible, the question arises as to whether or not there is justified use of torture, and if so, how to institute rules and regulations for its permissible use. With the war on terror, America 's use of torture and "advanced interrogation techniques" has become a prominent issue both in domestic and international forums, and a heated debate has ensued as to whether or not torture is justified as a tool in counter-terrorism efforts. The changing nature of conflict seen in the war on terror and the ambiguity associated with it has led some to turn a blind eye to, or even encourage the use of torture as a counter-terrorism tool. However, despite the nebulous nature of the terrorist threat and the grey areas involved, the United States of America has a moral obligation to maintain a complete prohibition on the use of torture. One of the primary reasons for a complete ban on torture is that it violates the basic human rights of the person being tortured. The United Nations Convention Against Torture defines torture as "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him information, a confession, punishment for a crime he committed or is suspected of having committed, intimidation or coercion, or based on discrimination..." (United Nations 1984) Inflicting such extreme physical or mental pain, either through torture or…

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