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SocialScience Essay - Isabel Torres Writing ACE Cotich...

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Isabel Torres 2/12/11 Writing ACE Cotich Justifiable Torture After the attacks of 911, the Bush administration began using torture as a means of interrogation towards members of the Al-Qaida. Now that President Obama has taken over control of the situation, his administration made the decision of handling the prison at Guantanamo Bay and shutting it down due to its history in torture. Many people have stated that torture is inhumane, “Torture is repulsive. It is deliberate cruelty, a crude and ancient tool of political oppression.” (Bowden, Dark Art). There are two main types of torture, physical and mental. Physical torture is the infliction of agony using any type of device or weapon, while mental torture involves mental damage to a person by manipulating that person by using their phobias against them. To many, a more favorable type of torture or type of interrogation is coercion; in my opinion coercion should be used instead of physical torture. Coercion is intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological
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