Torture Has Been Practiced Throughout History

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Torture has been practiced throughout history. “Torture is any act that intentionally inflicts severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, when executed to serve a stated purpose other than punishment, such as gathering intelligence information or intimidating government dissenters”(“Torture”). Many cultures throughout history, such as the Romans, Jews, Egyptians, and many more have used torture as part of their justice and law system. One of the Roman’s torturing methods was crucifixion where the victim is tied or nailed to a wooden cross and left to hang until dead; the Jews torture method was stoning where a group of people threw stones at a person until that person dies; and the Egyptians had the “Desert Sun Death” which is when a person is left out in the desert to die from the scorching heat of the sun. Medieval and early modern European courts used torture depending on the accused’s crime and social status. Torture was deemed a legitimate means to extract confessions or obtain the names of accomplices and other information of a crime. To many people, torture is considered as both impractical and immoral, while to others it is justified and effective. “Approximately 1000 adults were interviewed in each of the nine countries traditionally considered strong allies of the United States. The margin of error for each poll was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points” (Peterson). “The Central Intelligence Agency’s measures of torture included prolonged standing,…
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