Enhanced Interrogation

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Enhanced Interrogation Enhanced Interrogation, also known as torture, has been around all around the world in many instances. The most notable use of enhanced interrogation was after the terrorist attack on 9/11. The U.S. uses locations known as black sites outside of the country for their enhanced interrogation. The question on whether enhanced interrogation or torture should be allowed arises when these methods work or when they fail. Although enhanced interrogation works sometimes, we, as a country, should not use it because it is a violation of Article 5 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. The failures of enhanced interrogation outweigh the successes of it heavily. Considering this fact, CIA members water boarded Khalid Sheikh…show more content…
Article 5 states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” This declaration defies the uses of torture by the US citizens who do the actual torturing in black sites such as Guantanamo Bay, Salt Pit, and Bright Light (CIA ‘Black Cites’). The beginning of the movie Zero Dark Thirty reveals Dan, a member of the CIA, torturing a detainee by water boarding him, sleep depriving him, and harassing him at one of the black sites of the U.S. Although these black sites are outside of the country, the people who commit the torturing are violating the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Torture is not allowed by many declarations, articles, and conventions throughout the US and the world. Other examples of enhanced interrogation not being allowed besides the US Declaration of Human Rights are the Geneva Conventions which ban the use of "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture" (Article 3:1(a)). Another example would be the United Nations Convention Against Torture which bans torture of all civilians, combatants, prisoners of war and terrorists alike. This is an unambiguous piece of international law, which forbids the use of torture in all circumstances. Lastly, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court classes torture as a "crime against humanity", for which a suspect can be tried at The Hague, a seat of government in
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