Torture Is Necessary During Interrogation

1513 Words Oct 14th, 2015 7 Pages
After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, former United States Vice President, Dick Cheney, proclaimed the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding, against a terror suspect by the name of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed helped produce intelligence that led the CIA to Bin Laden. Cheney argued it was a good and legal program and that it was not torture. The use of EITs has sparked a debate in the public about the means of using torture in order to maintain security in the nation (Blakeley 544). The discussion about the use of torture in extreme situations has progressed since 2011 and remains a hot topic today. Torture has been used in many situations throughout history up to a recent past. It has been done both in secret and out in the open. Although many people are against torture in any situation, there are some people who justify the act of torture in extreme situations. The two sides show common ground in valuing human life and that torture is an extreme solution.
People argue that torture is necessary during interrogation to gain information that will save lives. There are a wide variety of situations that could happen during the process of interrogation, and not every circumstance can be prepared for. “Not every situation can be limited to the same set of rules and regulations” (Jacobs and Newton). The main argument used to justify the ethical use of torture is a ticking time-bomb situation. If the captured terrorist does not talk, hundreds of people…
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