Torture And Cruel Treatment Essay

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Torture and cruel treatment is banned at all times, places, and including times of war (Torture). It is a terrible thing that still exists in some countries. People use it either to get information from people or to just hurt the person involved. We as people should not defend torture, because it is hurting people to get something. What is the reason that it is done? There are other methods to get information and possibly more effective ways. Torture has always been up for debate and it is a major issue around the world or even in the U.S. Some people believe that it is something that has to be done for the good of the country, but this argument is somewhat invalid, at least in my eyes, because there are other ways to get information like …show more content…
John McCain once said “But in the end, torture’s failure to serve its intended purpose isn’t the main reason to oppose its use… It’s about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be… Our enemies act without conscience. We must not”. This means that there is also a moral issue with torture. It affects who we are as a person. Do we really not care that people are getting tortured, sometimes not really knowing if they are responsible for an attack or etc. Some people might say that torture is the only way to get vital information, but there are many other ways to get information such as interrogating without physical abuse. According to the article “A Better Way Than Torture to Obtain Information: Acting Friendly”, “researchers found that when interrogation included a rapport-building approach, a transfer of information was 14 times more likely to happen early in the process” (Fessenden). In the U.S. torture is illegal and any kind of treatments that causes physical or mental pain, committed for any reason, is a violation of international law. Also the 8th Amendment states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (Stevenson). I think torture would be considered as cruel and unusual punishment. Personally, I think that our country as a whole should try to prevent torture in other countries. If it is illegal in our country, then we should try to prevent it in …show more content…
It should be against our moral standard to inflict such pain on a person to get information that may or may not be reliable, because people will say anything to make the pain stop. There have been reports that false information has been told to just stop the torture. I think that humans should feel morally bad about what torture does to people. We wouldn’t want that done to us. There are other ways to accumulate information from people. We could interrogate them without any sort of violence and we could talk to the perpetrator like police officers do, because it has proven to be a reliable way of getting information. We could also pretend to be on their side or pretend to be their friend. So why conduct torture if there are other means of getting

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