Torture: Justified or Unjustified?

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Amber Ellis Jessika Griffin Eng. 093 March 23, 2012 Torture: Justified or Unjustified? Is torture justified? Does it make us feel safer? Most Americans would say that it is immoral to torture any human being for any reason. There are a few people left who would disagree with that and say that some deserve to be tortured in order to obtain information that could potentially save the lives of hundreds or thousands. According to Michael Levin torture may seem unconstitutional or barbaric to some but to others it seems the only solution to stopping a potential threat to hundreds or even thousands of innocent lives. My question to him: how do you determine if those that the threat is against are actually innocent or do we…show more content…
In other words I think the author is trying to tell people that if you torture the guilty, lives will be saved and do not think that because they are being tortured, we will become like them. It is obvious to me that we are different from start. So I say next time there is a probability of a mass murder or a bombing endangering many lives, we need to think twice on where we stand as far as our morals and whether or not we could live with ourselves knowing that we could have prevented the situation from happening with torturous methods. Works Cited Levin, Michael. “The Case of Torture.” Evergreen, 9th ed. Susan Fawcett. Boston: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2012. 438-441.
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