Eliminate Torture and Unravel Peace

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Surprisingly, all it took to get the information out of Abu Jandal, a terrorist very close to Osama Bin Landen, was a few sugar-free cookies. Since it did not involve torture such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, or slapping, made this one of the most effective interrogation of an Al-Qaeda member by U.S officials (Ghosh). Torture has been applied for various reasons, whether it is to gain information, punish, intimidate, or control people. In general torture has been deemed wrong by public opinion. The UN Convention Against Torture elaborates that torture should not be exercised even in conditions including war or fighting terrorism. Torture is unjustifiable regardless of the situation due to its ineffectiveness, devastating effects on the victim, and corrupting psychological effect on torturer.
First of all, although it may be difficult to believe, torture is a very ineffective way of acquiring information. In one example, Bush Administration officials, including Vice president Dick Cheney, claimed that only after Abu Zubaydah was water boarded, he provided information. However, Ali Soufan, an FBI international-security consultant, claimed that once the harsh methods, which were administered by CIA-hired private contractors who had no interrogation experience, began, Abu Zubaydah as a matter of fact stopped cooperating (Ghosh). In the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, harsh techniques such as waterboarding prompted the victim to stop cooperating with the interrogators. Occasionally violence is not the key to unlocking valuable information trapped in another human being’s mind. Alternatives to torture can be employed to gain the same knowledge much more effectively. Furthermore, it is crucial to recognize that people who design a...

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...y is unjustifiable but will also have ill effects towards society.
No matter what the circumstances may be, torture is deplorable because it is ineffective, traumatizes the victim, and undermines the torturer mentally. Firstly, torture is an extremely ineffective method of deriving information from a victim. In addition, torture can mentally deteriorate the victim by causing them to have an array of disorders and humiliation. Likewise, the torturer also bears psychological damage from performing such inhuman procedures. Eric Maddox, an Army staff sergeant and author of the book Mission: Black List #1 which documents his interrogations in Iraq which led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, sums it up best when he stated, "There is nothing intelligent about torture. If you have to inflict pain, then you've lost control of the situation, the subject and yourself" (Ghosh).

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