Timely information is needed to break up cells, capture wanted terrorists, and prevent thousands or millions
of deaths; this information can be obtained in a more timely manner by administering torture.
These specific terrorists deserve a little extra punishment for the death and misery they've caused.
Anything we do to our captives will still be nothing compared to what they do to our soldiers when captured.
Terrorists under duress may give us information that we didn't even know to ask.
It lowers us from the moral high ground to the level of the terrorist.
It leads to a weakening of international law, which could lead to torture retaliation for our prisoners.
Torture can lead to made-up information as prisoners say anything to stop the pain.
It could widen anti-American sentiment if word of the torture got out.
It creates sympathy for people who would otherwise be scorned and shamed.
Other non-torture methods can be just as effective, if not more so.
Terrorists might choose death over capture more frequently, possibly costing lives and eliminating a potential
There's always the chance that an innocent person may be subjected to the torture.
Since the War on Terror began on 9/11, we've captured hundreds of Islamic
terrorists along with the capture of Saddam Hussein himself. The wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan brought in thousands more prisoners with
potential knowledge of upcoming terror attacks.
Captives like Saddam Hussein and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the "CEO of Al
Qaeda", have intimate knowledge of operations in Al Qaeda and of locations of terrorist cells around the world.
Iraqi prisoners often have knowledge of terrorist attacks planned against
American soldiers. Unfortunately, when a capture of this magnitude is publicized, terrorists quickly change locations, plans, and communication
methods. Thus, any intelligence we can gather from such captures is only good for a short time. The question becomes, should
we torture these captures to obtain the information while it's still good?
(Another question is "What constitutes 'torture'?", but that is a
separate argument). In an attempt to prevent another 9/11, should we
resort to the gruesome level of torture employed by the Saddam-led or Osama-led organizations themselves?
A less intense form of questioning that causes no permanent damage to the body,
such as waterboarding, is often referred to as "enhanced
interrogation." CIA chief Leon
Panetta credited such methods as helping track down and kill Osama bin Laden