Torture Argumentative

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Imagine being chained in a small box, naked, scared, and hungry, but you killed dozens of people in an attack you performed. Would you expect remorse? Some people believe that torture violates rights and is an all in all horrific form of treatment. On the other hand, others think that torture is great to a point when it is used correctly. Although torture can be gruesome and harmful, some people believe it can be extremely beneficial to America regarding acts of terrorism. Throughout the history of man, methods of torture have been used in multiple different ways and in many different cases. Torture is as Elena Nightingale states, "Universal methods of physical torture include beatings, electric shocks, and prolonged hanging by the arms or …show more content…
Supporters believe that torturing detainees can be beneficial because it forces them to elicit valuable information that they wouldn’t willingly give up. As Donald Trump states in his USA Today article, "Depending on the source, these techniques allowed officials to glean significant information about operations hostile to the United States." According to Trump, he supports torture because it can be used to obtain important information from detainees that may be harmful to the U.S.. Being that Donald Trump is the up and coming president of the United States, his opinions are quite important considering his potential to make changes to laws and rights. On the downside of that argument comes the question as to whether or not the information given is truthful or not. Some people believe that detainees will give up false information in order to get their torturers to stop harming them. As stated in “Torture Report,” “The report explained that Libyan Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi had told the CIA that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was attempting to arm Al Qaeda with chemical and nuclear weapon, but added that in February 2003, a month before the U.S. invasion he 'Recanted the claim...claiming that he had been tortured...and only told them what he assessed they wanted to hear, '.” According to the report, a detainee named Ibn was …show more content…
tortures others to fight the war on terror, other countries will in turn torture American prisoners. Multiple people believe that torturing terrorists is beneficial because it provides the U.S. with valuable information on large terrorist groups. Some of these people believe that intel gained from torturing detainees, led to the stop of Osama Bin Laden, one of the largest terrorist leaders of the war on terror. This incident is mentioned in “Torture Report” in which it states, "Particularly controversial were claims that information gleaned from torture had led to the capture of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who had gone into hiding after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and eluded U.S. forces for a decade." In 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed by the United States Navy. According to “Torture Report,” the location of this terrorist leader was determined with the help of tortured detainees. These people who believe this event was made possible because of torture, support torture because they believe torture can lead to future stops of terror. On the other hand, other people believe that torturing people goes against the values of America and looks bad for the country. As stated by Mitchell McNaylor in “Torture,” “Such a utility argument challenges the use of torture on the grounds that it does not even yield reliable information. McCain and others who support

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