Torture Is A Poor And Unreliable Vehicle For Discovering Truth

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There are very strong arguments that torture is a poor and unreliable vehicle for discovering truth, as the people being tortured are extremely likely to make anything up in order to stop the physical pain and can become unable to tell the difference between fact and fiction under extreme psychological distress. There is very little information or factual academic or medical research in favor of torture in the interrogation processes, and whether or not the information obtained using torture methods would ultimately prove to be valuable. There is a however a plethora of information regarding moral, constitutional and legal interrogation methods and specific guidelines for the interrogators to follow that have been in use for quite some time and have proved to be extremely beneficial. Numerous human rights organizations, professional and academic experts, and military and intelligence leaders have absolutely rejected the idea that torture is legal or an acceptable and reliable form of intelligence gathering. Torture in the interrogation process has been a readily available tool for interrogators for centuries, there have been many published definitions of the exact meaning of “torture”, and entities will shape and curtail the definition as to suit their individual needs. One such definition, as per the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which states, “Torture is; (a) the intentional infliction of extreme physical suffering on some non-consenting, defenseless person; (b)

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