Ethics Of Torture And Torture

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Ethics of Torture The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines torture as the act of causing severe physical pain as a form of punishment or as a way to force someone to do or say something. But what would one call morally acceptable torture? Is sleep depriving a criminal in order to find out the location of a missing person wrong? Does waterboarding a terrorist to find out information count as a morally correct reason to torture? Recently the C.I.A. released a detailed torture report to the public, causing a lot of controversy among the government and American citizens. The report includes gruesome details about some techniques that were used to torture and imprison terrorism suspects of Al Qaeda. Originally it was said that the program was crucial in finding Osama Bin Laden, but after Bin Laden was killed, the program continued, using unapproved methods of torture on a number of detainees. Some C.I.A. personnel explained the torture of prisoners at time was so extreme, and tried to put a halt to the techniques, but were told by senior agency officials to continue the interrogation sessions. Some of the torture methods included: mock executions, nudity, dietary manipulation, exposure to cold temperatures, cold showers, rough take downs, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, isolation, threats against detainees families, walling, stress positions, slapping, and rectal rehydration without documented medical necessity. "One detainee faced particularly rough treatment in late 2005.

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