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Tang 1 Jason Tang Rosales, Patricia English 1A November 17, 2009 Is Torture Right or Wrong? Under what circumstances is torture permissible? Are there any scenarios where it is okay to torture? Torture has been around for as long as one can imagine. In Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq at least six hundred US personnel have been involved in abuse cases, and ninety-two tapes were made by the CIA showing the torture of detainees (US Torture Statistics). Even the Greeks and Romans demonstrated and practiced the act of torturing in order to get what they want. They would torture to obtain information regarding crimes and evidence as well. The United States currently prohibits torture, but there are still acts of torture occurring ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Many people have debated whether torture is right or not, whether it is effective, and whether or not it should be forbidden. In “A Case for Torture,” Mirko Bagaric explains how torture should have its exceptions and its privileges, while in Kermit D. Johnson’s “Inhuman Behavior,” Johnson talks about how torture should be prohibited. The two authors debate about whether or not torture should be permitted. Mirko Bagaric believes that, “Torture is permissible where the evidence suggests that this is the only means, due to the immediacy of the situation, to save a life of an innocent person” (Bagaric 10-12). Although Bagaric believes in morals, ethics, and human rights, he still argues that it is better to save an innocent person and “inflict” a small level of harm to a criminal. He carries on to give examples of a hostage scenario, where it is allowed for the police to shoot and kill the criminal that is threatening to kill the hostage. Bagaric claims that the incidents where people were tortured in order to save innocent people were justifiable and reasonable. He also explains how they are “reprehensible”.
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Tang 2 Kermit D. Johnson believes that, “We must react when our nation breaks the moral constraints and historic values contained in treaties, laws and our constitution, as well as violating the consciences of individuals who engage in so-called “authorized” inhuman treatment” (Johnson 24-26). His thesis explains how since we have the constitution, which implies that torturing is unethical, torture should not be allowed. Johnson uses a religious point
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