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    Zero Dark Thirty Analysis

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    officer, to a secret location for interrogation of Ammar, a detainee who they believe is associated with the hijackers in the attacks of the World Trade Center. The character Ammar is based on Ammar al-Baluchi, the real-life nephew of al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Dan threatens and tortures Ammar to extract information from the detainee. Dan’s men push the detainee around while Dan threatens to hurt him if he lies. When Ammar refuses to reveal any information, Dan tortures him by waterboarding; Dan’s men hold Ammar down while Dan pours water on his cloth-covered face. In reality, this scene was fabricated to thrill the audience. According to Mark Boal, the writer of Zero Dark Thirty, the real Ammar was never waterboarded, which is why he is a composite character (Kaminski). The filmmakers tried to make the film more realistic by basing Ammar on a real person and giving him the same name. As a result, this scene creates the conception that the real Ammar al-Baluchi was also waterboarded. Many people who discover that Ammar’s character is based on a real person will automatically believe in this…

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    In August of 2008 the late Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay published in Vanity Fair that was titled “Believe Me, It’s Torture”. This essay was unique because of its strange pairing of content and audience. Christopher Hitchens had decided to put a fairly controversial political essay in a magazine that targets women, covers fashion and pop culture, and typically steers away from politics entirely. This shows that his intended audience was the average adult woman in america. Christopher…

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    One of the most common methods of enhanced interrogation is waterboarding. Waterboarding is when the prisoner is strapped to a gurney inclined at an angle about 10 or 12 degrees. Once strapped in, water is poured on a cloth covering the prisoners mouth and nose. They pour the water for no more then 40 seconds at a time (“Interrigation”, par. 16). Waterboarding much like most of the methods are used in last resort when the prisoner no longer provides information (Rosso, 389). With waterboarding…

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    The first reason torture should be justified is as followed: the use of torture can save lives and prevent future acts of terrorism. Through the process of torture, the US, was able to distinguish connections between Khalid Sheik Muhammed and Jose Padilla. The use of torture was conducted on al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. Khalid Sheik Muhammed and Jose Padilla are two international terrorists that have committed terrorist actions m42k.p against the United States. When Khalid Sheik Mohammed…

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    Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan journalist, once said “The purpose of torture is not getting information. It is spreading fear.” The novel Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, follows the story of Julie as she is captured and tortured by the Gestapo for sets of code and other information. She is forced to write down all of her experiences and information she knows about the England War Effort. In Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein gives the reader insight on how terribly the prisoners are treated,…

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    The Pit and the Pendulum      The Pit and the Pendulum is a story about a man confined to a prison cell and tortured mercilessly in Toledo Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Edgar Allen Poe's story is powerful because the prisoner tells the story of his torture. Given this you know he is going to survive which helps make the mystery so much more complex.      The plot is very believable and consistent. Poe shows great detail in the…

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    Persuasive Essay Torture

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    There are some things that persist throughout history and into the modern world. One of such is the increase of pain or stress levels of an individual to obtain information. These said situations are often classified as torture. These acts have been used since the stone ages into the modern ages, and although have changed drastically over time, still remains. Despite what critics say, torture tactics of interrogation should not be allowed to be used in official government situations; there are…

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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…

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    Is this how I am going to die? Air, I can breathe! What, no! please, stop!” This Joe, the person thought to be in cohorts with the criminal/organization, and is undergoing one of the more basic torture methods known as waterboarding. But what is waterboarding? Waterboarding is torture method done by strapping down, immobilizing someone at an inclined angle and then taking a towel and covering the persons face while pouring water onto the towel. What this does, is it simulates drowning, over…

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    To establish credibility and portray a trustworthy persona, Hitchens uses ethos. Hitchens uses ethos by having background knowledge on waterboarding as well as personal experience. “It was inflicted, and endured, by those members of the Special Forces who underwent the advance form of training known as SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape). In these harsh exercises, brave men and women were introduced to the sorts of barbarism that they might expect to meet at the hands of a lawless foe…

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