What Is Torture In An Interrogationation?

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After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the U.S. military took action and began striving towards dismantling certain groups of violent radicals that endangered America. This became known as the War on Terror. Amidst protecting America, the CIA led a numerous amount of interrogations with the extremists. However, much debate arose over the interrogation methods and how America should treat its enemies. U.S. Senator, Martin Heinrich, said, “Reducing a human being to a state of despair through systematic subjugation and pain and humiliation is unquestionably immoral.” International law was established to protect prisoners from cruel treatments during an interrogation. However, the War on Terror raised moral dilemmas regarding interrogation techniques because the techniques were cruel and immoral and caused lasting effects. An interrogator is someone that is used to analyze a detainee. An interrogator analyzes a detainee regarding information about their background, relationships with others, motivation, and drive for extremist behavior. The interrogator often uses different techniques to…show more content…
The first article in the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment defined torture in an interrogation as: “Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession.” The UN Declaration of Human Rights stated, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” In addition, the Geneva Conventions banned, “violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture and outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment of any
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