Torture As An Effective Way For A True Information

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As previously mentioned, torture has traditionally been cited as a way to successfully extract information and strategic intelligence and this definition has constantly been used by governments to justify its use. However as outlined by Heather Whipps, “from the dingy dungeons of the Dark Ages to todays use torture used against terrorists, the use of torture as an interrogation tactic has evolved little and possibly yielded even less, in terms of intelligence.” (Whipps, 2007) During the Medieval period of history, torture was a cornerstone of the judicial process for two main reasons; to punish and to acquire information. However even as far back as the 15th Century, scholars were questioning the use of torture as an effective way to acquire true information. In the Malleus Maleficarum, a treatise written regarding the prosecution of witchcraft, the author Heinrich Kramer, outlined that “torture is often fallacious and ineffective. For some are so feeble-minded and soft-hearted that at the least torture they will confess anything, whether it be true or not.” (Kramer, 1494) This argument is echoed throughout history by countless scholars and heads of state, as previously shown. Torture is ineffective because people will say whatever they can and as quickly as they can to make the pain and torture stop. Therefore, going off the previous definition of ‘justified,’ torture is unjustified because it does not work and therefore lacks all characteristics of legitimacy. As the age
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