Torture History Essay

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“We don’t torture people in America and people who say we do simply know nothing about our country,” said by the former 43rd President of the United States of America, George W. Bush. President Bush has the right to talk about the usage of torture and how it relates to the United States of America, because the controversial topic of whether torture was justified or not rose during his presidency. In the month of September in the year of 2001, the United States experienced one of its most devastating situations ever; terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. In order to prevent future attacks and to dig out the masterminds of these attacks, Bush 's administration legalized the use of torture. It was believed by Bush’s administration …show more content…
On Wikipedia, the article “Torture” started from the beginning of the use of torture to where it is today. The history of torture can be traced way back to the medieval times where severe and painful methods were used as a form of punishment. The first ban on torture was put in the year of 1680 when the English Bill of Rights put a stop on “cruel and unusual punishment.” Then as the Age of Enlightenment expanded and people around the world became more aware of human rights, the use of torture became less and less common. In the year of 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and this was a step closer to the complete ban on torture because it put some restrictions on the use of torture. This adoption was made by all of the “UN member states” (Wikipedia). Torture has been touched on in many international conventions and remains to be a controversial topic till today. The only difference is that today everything is done behind closed doors and citizens are being lied …show more content…
The losses of torture can be anything from innocent humans having to face situations they did not deserve to a family losing its family member. One loss of torture could be that a detainee can just lie about something to get rid of the pain being inflicted on him/her. The wrong information can mislead the government and waste a lot of its time. It has been said by former President George W. Bush that, “‘This country does not torture. We’re not going to torture. We will interrogate people we pick off the battlefield to determine whether or not they’ve got information that will be helpful to protect the country’” (Hassaballa). President Bush has straight forwardly denied the use of torture, but it has been proved through many Senate Reports that torture has been used to derive information between the time of Bush’s administration till today. But in an argument, there are two

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