3. Concession and Refutation

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Some members of government in the United States condone the use of torture because it occasionally leads to desirable results, but the horror that it inflects on the citizens of the world overall is not a valid reason to condone its usage. To begin with, the United States should not want their own citizens to feel like “the Stranger without rights, the monster who deserved nothing more than a quick death. And perhaps not even that” when they visit other countries (Carlson 76). Additionally, this notion of fear, when countries ignore the basic human rights, translates into criticism of the U.S and its hypocritical speeches on protecting human rights.  Another copious problem with the use of torture is that oftentimes “governments that use torture intend to immediate their citizens in order to maintain control” (Limon). According to these governments, the act of torture was justified, because it leads to desirable results for the country. Although, most people agree that a government’s desire to maintain control, such the case of the U.S. and many other countries, does not justify the use of torture. Overall, the use of torture by the U.S. creates a veil of secrets and mistrust, therefore the U.S. should not use torture as a method to gain wanted results.

Additionally, the government of the U.S lays claim to the belief that the torturing of confirmed terrorists leads to pertinent information releases, although most experts agree that the practice of torture does not work.  One example of when U.S. torture did

Iban al-Sheikh al-Libi

not lead to results is when the U.S. captured Iban al-Sheikh al-Libi, a highly positioned Al Qaeda member. Upon the first day of his capture, the U.S. began to use torture as a method to gain information, but he was never compliant (Mayer). Since this man is a highly positioned Al Qaeda member, he most likely had more information on the workings on Al Qaeda than an astronaut does on the inner workings of rocket ship. How can it be that the CIA had as much time as they wanted with this man and they achieved nothing?  Eric Carlson put the U.S.’s policy of torture and other similar matters into colloquial language when he stated “[d]egrade the homosexual, because you are secretly a homosexual. Torture a man, because he may have kidnapped your child. Kill a man, because he may be planning to kill your child” (Carlson 36). This displays the premise and the flaws in logic of the torture programs adopted in the U.S. today. Another example is that after September 11th many new laws were placed into effect that over-ruled the policies that the United States previously followed.  The citizens of the United States backed the changes put into place, although no correct information came from this policy of torture (“[Undersatanding]”). This clearly shows that the amount of creditable information gained from the policies of torture currently in place in the United States at this time, does not justify its practice on the terrorists that the U.S. captures.

  1. jobryan205 says:

    I like the way you addressed the second argument for torture. I think you argued it very well and made strong points. I’m not sure if it matters now but if you still can, you might want to fix one period error. “’the Stranger without rights, the monster who deserved nothing more than a quick death. And perhaps not even that.’ when they visit other countries.” Im not 100% sure it’s an error, it might just have sounded strange taken out of context.

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