Torture Should NOT Be Allowed

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Torture is a commonly debated subject, some believing it is an appropriate means of receiving wanted information, while others believe it to be unjust and a completely cruel idea. Torture is not only severely damaging to the the prisoner, it is also extremely detrimental to the perpetrator as well. According to CNN’s report on the investigation into the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 's report on the CIA and its detention and interrogation program, of 119 detainees captured between 2002-2008, 26 were found to be wrongfully held. Innocent people are losing their lives due to the ineffectiveness and cruelness of torture. In addition, 39 of these detainees were “subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, which included sleep deprivation, waterboarding, …show more content…
After seeing the background of torture in the US, torture during 9/11, and middle eastern terrorist groups torture, by no means should torture be legal. Currently, there are laws in place and should maintain that position to make torture illegal. 18 U.S. Code § 2340A states that, “Whoever outside the United States commits or attempts to commit torture shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both, and if death results to any person from conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life.” (Cornell, 2001). This law was clearly not followed by the CIA during the use of black sites, such as Abu Ghraib during the War in Afghanistan. However, has now been brought to light and the public has been informed of these evil deeds. The US Senate also reviewed the torture used by the CIA and deemed it illegal. Torture is an ineffective way to detain information from possible detainees. Not only is it ineffective, it is a violation of civil rights and is dehumanizing with detrimental effects on the

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