Uses Of Enhanced Interrogation Methods

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Primary Introduction- Defining torture. In order to fully comprehend if the United States use of “enhanced interrogation methods” are torture one must first have an understanding as to what torture is as defined by international law. The United Nations, an international policing force, defines torture as “(United Nations, 1984) 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 person acting in an official capacity”. The most important aspect to take from the definition is the use of “severe” when describing physical and mental pain or suffering. This use of wording ensures nations a way to extract information from suspected enemies using less favorable techniques while still maintaining international law. The topics discussed will be focusing on techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the United States Armed Forces, all three of which have preferred techniques when in interrogation. Each technique will be dissected from a position both for and against
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