Torture, Inhumane Or Degrading Treatment

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Torture has always been a big argument as to the morality of it. As stated by the General Assembly document Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment Punishment, torture means “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other…show more content…
Operation Fortitude—the deception plan that fooled the Germans into stationing 450,000 Wehrmacht troops 130 miles north of the Normandy beaches—entirely depended upon German intelligence (the Abwehr) believing that the real attack was going to take place at the Pas de Calais instead. The reason that Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, the head of the Abwehr, was utterly convinced of this, was because every single one of his 19 agents, who he did not know had been turned, told him so. This is a prime example of the effectiveness and usefulness of torture, torture helped win arguably the worst war in history. While it may not be seen as morally justified, the facts states when the stakes are high and time is short, tortue can be an extremely effective method to use. In the same article from The Daily Beast, Richards goes on to say that, “An SIS secret house located in Ham Common near Richmond on the outskirts of London was the location where the will of those agents was broken, using advanced interrogation techniques that reportedly started with sleep deprivation but went on to gross mental and physical abuse. What was the result? Many thousands of Allied servicemen 's’ lives were saved because the German 15th Army stayed well away from beaches such as Omaha, Utah, and
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