"Medieval Torture" Essays and Research Papers

  • Medieval Torture

    People have these romantic notions that the medieval time period was full of knights in shining armor and fairytale princesses, when in all reality, the medieval time period was a bloodthirsty and violent time period. Government and religious officials used sadistic torture to punish suspects and obtain confessions. Torture is the deliberate and cruel infliction of mental and physical suffering to obtain information or for any other reason. ”The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear” (...

    Abuse, Amnesty International, Capital punishment 1984  Words | 6  Pages

  • Methods of Medieval Torture

    attempt to disprove the known fact that methods of torture during medieval times were both cruel and most definitely did not fit the crime in which they were intended to compensate for. This paper is intended to confirm the media’s portrayal, specifically Hollywood, of the tortuous methods of a time period where the techniques and procedures utilized to prove a point were perceived as reasonable. Contrary to most popular opinion, methods of medieval torture were actually chosen with much deliberation...

    Islamic contributions to Medieval Europe, Medieval Inquisition, Middle Ages 2135  Words | 6  Pages

  • Medieval Torture

    The English in medieval times, utilized torture to extract information or a confession from a certain person (generally performed on infidels and church priests because of how religion was very important Medieval English society.) Torturers would torture someone with great skill by preventing the victim to not pass out and receive life-threatening damage but still deal excruciating pain to reach success in the torture. There were a large variety of tortures in medieval England but the particularly...

    Abuse, Crushing, Pain 550  Words | 2  Pages

  • Torture

    Torture is Justifiable The limited use of torture should be permitted in the US in order to protect the wellbeing of the public. Torture can be both an effective means of gathering information, and it can be reasonably justified in some circumstances. Some of these circumstances can be any time where there is a huge amount of human wellbeing are in danger. With out a doubt, some people may be worried that allowing torture may make way for several human rights violations. However, this is not...

    Enhanced interrogation techniques, Espionage, George W. Bush 1929  Words | 6  Pages

  • torture

    Is Torture Reliable or Humane? Imagine being forced into confession with your head down, and blood rushing to your brain. Picture the struggle of being held down and defenseless, against your will. Imagine having a thick towel pressed firmly over your face and continuous water being poured on the towel as you helplessly gasp for air simulating the effect of drowning. Imagine being bound and thrown into the ocean with a ‘weight’ that pulls you in only one direction: down to the bottom of the ocean...

    Enhanced interrogation techniques, Interrogation, Interrogation techniques 2504  Words | 7  Pages

  • To Torture or Not?

    English Writing 101 28 July 2010 To Torture or Not? After the United States suffered terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, the well being of our nation would be of great interest to the Bush Administration. Anything and everything has been done to ensure that such an attack that does not occur on American soil ever again. Our military activity in the Middle East allows us to have the opportunity to catch enemy prisoners and the ability to retrieve valuable information in order to end the...

    Democracy, John McCain, September 11 attacks 889  Words | 3  Pages

  • Torture

    Torture: Controversy and the fine line between right and wrong Ever since September 11 attacks and the subsequent War on Terror and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, there seems to be an ongoing debate in American society about the acceptability of torture as means of extracting information, occasionally rekindled by scandals such as Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib. We have seen a disturbing rise in public argumentation in favor of torture, frequently mentioning the so-called “ticking bomb scenario”, in...

    Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Ethics, Human rights 1113  Words | 3  Pages

  • the case of torture

    The Case Of Torture Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The clock ticking down the FBI agent notices while conducting his interrogation. Little to nothing is coming out of the detainee’s mouth. They’ve been talking to him for over 7 days. “Now might be a good time to crank it up” , the sergeant said. “We haven’t got the authorization yet” reply the captain. “Who cares about authorization?” reply the C.I.A agent. The detainee has been forced to stay up for the whole week without any food. He is chained...

    Barack Obama, Enhanced interrogation techniques, Federal Bureau of Investigation 1068  Words | 3  Pages

  • Torture

    November 2012 The End of Torture Imagine being the person whose body is strapped down to a board, and having water poured down your face to provoke a drowning affect. Or imagine yourself in the shoes of a man who has stood on his feet for hours and hours as his ankles begin to swell and blisters form upon his feet. Lastly, imagine being violently beaten as people stand and watch with no one willing to help. The examples above are methods of psychological torture and physical torture used to extract information...

    Abuse, Morality, Psychological torture 881  Words | 3  Pages

  • Is Torture Ever Acceptable

    Is torture ever morally acceptable? If so, under what circumstances? (Argumentative Essay) Written by mystery1227 under Uncategorized Is torture ever morally acceptable, If so under what circumstances? Firstly, what exactly is torture? It can be defined as the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as a punishment or revenge, to try and acquire some sort of confession about some particular issue or some information; also is could be just pure cruelty or hate for that particular individual...

    Human, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Morality 724  Words | 3  Pages

  • Analysis of Torture

    . Analysis of Torture Abstract In analyzing whether torturing and enemy combatant or high–value targets are moral efforts in an American free society, one could look at the war on terrorism as an basis of it being moral or not. The act of torturing a person to get information that will help the good of the country is a thin line and could be seen as a moral act in some...

    Human rights, Laws of war, Morality 1496  Words | 4  Pages

  • Justifiable Torture

    Torture is the act of inflicting physical and psychological pain. The three main purposes that Democratic governments use torture are to intimidate, to coerce false confessions, and to gather accurate security information. Torture is not only a method that has been used in countries notorious for corrupt government dictatorships such as Russia, Japan, and Germany but has also been prevalent in democracies. The use of torture in democracy is a shame, not only do secret CIA kidnappings, and the indefinite...

    Al-Qaeda, Central Intelligence Agency, Enhanced interrogation techniques 2752  Words | 7  Pages

  • Torture

    Torture Firstly, what exactly is torture? It can be defined as the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as a punishment or revenge, to try and acquire some sort of confession about some particular issue or some information; also could be just pure cruelty or hate for that particular individual (3). A method of making such pain, often suffering for that particular individual is extreme anguish of the body or the mind and agony. However, torture can happen in a few different methods Psychological...

    Core issues in ethics, Human, Morality 851  Words | 3  Pages

  • Con Torture

    Barbarian: Why Torture Is Never Justified In a post-9/11 world, where it seems that terrorism is rampant and increasing numbers of extremists threaten the safety and wellbeing of American citizens, is it ever justified to bend the rules of legality and morality while fighting the war on terror? Whether or not the use of torture as an interrogation tactic is justified in these circumstances is questionable because of controversy about its legality, morality, and effectiveness; the use of torture would violate...

    Al-Qaeda, Enhanced interrogation techniques, Morality 2313  Words | 6  Pages

  • Legalizing Torture

    Legalizing Torture Torture is always brought into discussion when a country enters into a war or a civil dispute.  It is often argued whether it is right or wrong to use torture to obtain information.  The “ticking bomb” theory is also refuted on the basis that these scenarios are rarely as dire as they seem, and usually even if torture was used, the information would most likely be obtained too late to avoid the event. In light of the recent events such as the War on Terrorism and the war in...

    2003 invasion of Iraq, Fourth Geneva Convention, Geneva Conventions 1516  Words | 4  Pages

  • Morality of Torture

    The moral issue of torture is one that has come under scrutiny by many national and international organizations as of late. To talk about torture one must really understand what torture is. As taken from Dictionary.com "1.a. Infliction or severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion. b. An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain. 2. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony. 3. Something causing severe pain or anguish." This is just the literal meaning of the word but doesn't...

    Human rights, Pain, Suffering 1350  Words | 4  Pages

  • Torture and Ethics

     Torture and Ethics Esstene’ West AJS/532 December 10, 2012 Eric Yuva Torture and Ethics According to Steven Biko, “the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” This is very true when it comes to the way of the world and torture. This is because torture has been used as a tool since the beginning of history. Since the 18th century B.C., torture has been practiced because of the Code...

    Ethics, Human, Human rights 1473  Words | 5  Pages

  • Torture and Ethics

    Torture and Ethics Bradley Sexton April 13, 2013 University of Phoenix AJS 512 Dr. Miron Gilbert Torture and Ethics The torturing of human life always has been and always will be unethical, immoral, unjust, and wrong. Torturing enemy combatants or high-value targets does violate standards of morality in the free world. In addition to violating international laws against such practices, torture violates every basic human right. Torture is a form of cruel and unusual punishment by any standard...

    Ethics, Human, Human rights 1450  Words | 4  Pages

  • Case of Torture

    “The Case for TortureTorture is a concept that Americans attempt to avoid. If a criminal possesses the opportunity to harm innocent lives, the delinquent should be stopped. The idea presides in Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture”; Levin attempts to portray a point that the act of torturing terrorists in order to save innocent lives is justifiable. Throughout the article, Levin fabricates situations to present his argument that torture is not a bad idea. He voices that torture is not established...

    Belief, Capital punishment, Critical thinking 943  Words | 3  Pages

  • Torture and Ethics

    Torture and Ethics Paper Alfreepha Williams AJS/532 July 21, 2013 Patricia DeAngelis Torture and Ethics There are many views or definition of the word “torture”, which is often debated by many individuals. According to “International Rehabilitation Council For Torture Victims” (2005-2012), “torture is an act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining information or a confession, punishing him for an...

    Amnesty International, Human, Human rights 1598  Words | 5  Pages

  • Torture and Ethics

    Torture and Ethics Karen D. Davis University of Phoenix Ethics of Justice and Security 530 Eddie Koen October 24, 2010 Torture and Ethics The purpose of this paper is to analyze whether torturing enemy combatants or high-value targets violates standards of morality in an American free society. Examine whether the act of torture violates basic human rights and if it could have global implications. Also it will discuss ethical theories that justify torture. Torture used to...

    Amnesty International, European Convention on Human Rights, Human rights 1407  Words | 5  Pages

  • A case for torture

    Torture to Survive Punishment is essential for mankind. Punishment stabilizes our earth; make it into a better life, more peace and comfort. Some students are given extra homework for not doing their previous homework, employee’s wage are cut off because of a few mistakes they made, even jail for criminals such as murderer and thieves. These are common punishments that we can find everywhere and do not seem odd to us. However, torture is a different kind of punishment. Torture is vicious, cruel...

    Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Nuclear proliferation 1754  Words | 6  Pages

  • What Is Torture?

    Dr. Brown Torture Truth and the American Way 17 January 2014 Word Count: 1215 What Is Torture?     Torture can be defined as many things but according to Webster's torture is: an infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion. I think this definition makes more sense and gives the word more meaning. When we took a look at some of the gruesome pictures of torture, which made me think there is absolutely no reason for this. I found it amazing that people can do such things...

    Abuse, Definition, Human 1202  Words | 3  Pages

  • Is Torture justified?

    Composition I November 9, 2013 Is Torture justified? What is torture? Basically, this is the action of physically or psychologically hurting a person without their permission and against their will. The torture has many goals such as obtaining a confession or information of the victim, revenge for an act committed by the victim or just for entertainment morbid and sadistic of the torturer. According to the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture, the torture is: “any act by which severe pain or suffering...

    Amnesty International, Enhanced interrogation techniques, Human 1715  Words | 5  Pages

  • An Argument on Torture

    Simply Wrong Dictionary.com defines torture as “the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.” A second definition at dictionary.com states torture as “extreme anguish of body or mind; agony.” Torture does not sound pleasant at all and yet people insist upon defending and supporting the barbaric deed. Even the strong main arguments in support of torture fall flat when stood up against its opposition. It...

    Abuse, Human, Salem witch trials 1067  Words | 3  Pages

  • medieval Inquistion and tourter

    Medieval Heresy and Inquisition Torture The Catholic Church was worried.  Was the devil stealing people’s souls?  How would you know?  So, to fight the devil the church founded a new court.  The Inquisition.  The Inquisition were those priests whose job it was to find and punish anyone who was against the church or working with the devil.   When the sins of the Catholic Church are recited (as they so often are) the Inquisition figures prominently. People who worked against the church a heretic...

    Catharism, Catholic Church, Inquisition 1568  Words | 7  Pages

  • Phyllis Rose, Tools of Torture

    Gaston Havandjian Professor Hubbell English Comp I Essay Four 11/13/12 Human Nature: Another Tool For Torture? Driving your car to a dinner with friends you go by hundreds of advertisement slogans at the side of the road. Reading them seems to be a good way to entertain your mind with all those miles ahead and since you didn't decide what are you going to order yet you think that maybe some of them will give you an idea. One of...

    Human, Livestock, Meat 1744  Words | 5  Pages

  • Torture Essay

    Torture Essay Since January 2002, the maltreatment of prisoners of war has been justified by the United States because the detainees are unlawful enemy combatants (Center for Constitutional Rights). In our age of modern warfare, it is utterly disgusting and barbaric that our government condones and refuses to acknowledge the torturous activities being conducted by the United States government. There are many reasons why the tortuous techniques used for interrogation should no longer be used against...

    Human rights, President of the United States, Prison 1811  Words | 5  Pages

  • Torture vs Human Rights

    Torture vs. Human right ENG1101-Composition and Rhetoric What are the ethics of torture? Ethics is the good and bad or right and wrong of a subject. “Torture is the act of inflicting excruciating pain”, intentionally to someone whether physical or mental. (dictionary.com) So is it ethical to say that there is good and bad torture or any good in torture and can torture help save lives. Many countries have accepted torture as a norm for punishment to get revenge and even confessions...

    Abuse, Ethics, Good and evil 1281  Words | 4  Pages

  • Torture, Should It Be Allowed or Not

    Torture: Right or Wrong Jennifer Lopez April 22, 2013 Ustick 7 US History Lopez 1 Torture: Right or Wrong Torture means 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...

    Abuse, Amnesty International, Enhanced interrogation techniques 1387  Words | 4  Pages

  • Torture Masquerading As Investigation

    Daniela West Mr. Sandarg English 1102 23 March 2012 Torture Imagine being taken by someone you do not know, and questioned ferociously about events that you are not aware of. You are questioned of these things because of who an acquaintance of yours is or by the location you just happened to be in at that moment. When you do not know anything that you are questioned of, these same people that took you are now using “enhanced interrogation techniques” upon you. These “enhanced interrogation techniques”...

    Enhanced interrogation techniques, Torture 1113  Words | 5  Pages

  • Is the Use Torture Ever Justified?

    the Use Torture Ever Justified? According time in the follow Asian, Middle East and other countries have used torture as a tool of murder for over two thousand years. Dictators believed that torture is a way to rule their country. “Is torture ever justified?” this question was asked on ABC News in 2004. In that poll sixty three percent of respondent believed that torture should be abolished, thirty one percent agreed with torture but with limits, and seven percent agree torture without...

    2002 albums, Abuse, Life 1142  Words | 3  Pages

  • Dbq on the Usefulness of Torture

    the utilization of torture and its effectiveness as a means to elicit information. A main argument has been supplied that torture is ineffective in its purpose to gather information from the victim. The usefulness of torture has been questioned because prisoners might use false information to elude their torturers, which has occurred in previous cases of torture. It has also been supposed that torture is necessary in order to use the information to save many lives. Torture has been compared to...

    Human rights, Iraq War, Pain 1062  Words | 3  Pages

  • United States use of torture

     The United States Use of Torture November 19, 2013 In the decade following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the United States has seen a constant struggle with militant terrorist organizations. Groups including the Taliban and primarily Al-Qaeda have been part of an ongoing violent conflict in the Middle East. Throughout these struggles with terrorists, the United States have employed various methods of interrogation and intelligence gathering which...

    Abuse, Human rights, Pain 1124  Words | 3  Pages

  • Shoulg Torture be legalized

    Should the Government allow Torture? The issue of the government legalizing torture is being very current and has brought a lot of debate between those who are against it, those who think that it sometimes can be used for good, and those who are between. But first what exactly is torture? It can be defined as the act of inflicting pain as a punishment or revenge to try and acquire some sort of confession about a particular issue or information...

    Amnesty International, Human, Human rights 882  Words | 3  Pages

  • Torture in the United States

    Torture in the United States English 1020 4/19/2012 Torture in the United States Torture has existed all over the world for millennia but what is torture in America today? The C.I.A. and the F.B.I. have recently used torture against terrorists who were suspected to have vital information concerning American safety. Since torture is illegal in the United States, most of this torture took place at Guantanamo Bay in the southeastern corner of Cuba. Detainees at the detention camp were not...

    Al-Qaeda, Enhanced interrogation techniques, Guantanamo Bay detention camp 1230  Words | 3  Pages

  • Does Torture Work?

    Yunji Kim English 102 Professor Harkness 10/24/12 RE 1 Revised Does Torture Work?: Is it really one effective way? Taxi to the Dark Side (Alex Gibney 2007) accuse of what was going on behind the curtain in Abu Ghraib. Dilawar, the innocent taxi driver who took 3 passengers for a taxi ride, has been under detention with harsh torture under the purpose of getting information, and died. The military police Thomas Curtis, who was at Bagram says, “My memory of Dilawar was chained up with the...

    2003 invasion of Iraq, Enhanced interrogation techniques, FM 34-52 Intelligence Interrogation 867  Words | 3  Pages

  • USING TORTURE ON SUSPECTED TERRORISTS

    WE SHOULD NOT USE TORTURE ON SUSPECTED TERRORISTS Torture, as a simple definition, is the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as punishment or in order to force them to do or say something. When we see it done on our TV screens we think it’s revolting; we find it hard to watch, even though it’s faked and censored in comparison to actual methods used. This practice is usually done using covert methods, and is ineffective. It’s unethical and damaging, especially when it is practiced...

    Abuse, Enhanced interrogation techniques, Interrogation 869  Words | 2  Pages

  • Compaire and Contrast of Torture

    Torture At some point everyone has heard of torture. It could have been in a movie or on the news, but they have heard of it. In this day and age, people would like to have believed it was all behind us in the past. Then 9/11 happened, everyone’s lives were changed with one simple act of cruelty. Before 9/11 hit the U.S. in a wave of pain, panic, and anger, our viewpoints on torture would probably have been less likely that it should be allowed. The decision to torture people who are suspected...

    Government, Newspaper, Pain 886  Words | 3  Pages

  • Torture Human Rights

    Convention against Torture Around the world and around the clock, human rights violations seem to never cease. In particular, torture violations are still rampant all over the world. One regime, the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, establishes a strong elaboration of norms against torture. Despite its efforts, many countries still outright reject its policies against torture while other countries openly accept them, but surreptitiously still...

    Amnesty International, European Convention on Human Rights, Human rights 1110  Words | 3  Pages

  • Affirmative Argument for Torture

    AFFIRMATIVE Torture is the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty. Justify is to guide by truth, reason, justice, and fairness. In any circumstances, how could inflicting pain upon a human being be done in fairness? In any circumstances, how could torture be justified? It cannot. Torture has been regarded as one of the most serious human rights violations and has been banned by many human...

    Abuse, Geneva Conventions, Human 922  Words | 3  Pages

  • Should Torture Be Allowed or Not

    Should Torture Be Allowed or Not The issue of torture is being very current and it arouses debate between those who are totally against it; those who think that it sometimes can be used for good; and those who are in between. The idea of torture was seen only as something that happened far away in time, and it should not even be considered as an issue of the modern society. Furthermore, torture was seen as a violation of the fundamental human rights, which were protected by different human rights...

    Amnesty International, European Convention on Human Rights, Human rights 1342  Words | 4  Pages

  • Death Penalty and Torture Debate

    taken because of that criminals wrong decision. Also, even if the criminal spends his time in prison, it doesn't change the fact that they were once a criminal and they could do the same thing again and hurt the innocents. Pro Alternative Torture Torture is a way to get information out of criminals who refuse to speak, we are able to give the criminals the experience of whatever pain they give to the victims, it is a way of protecting many innocent lives and preventing from any future attacks...

    Amnesty International, Capital punishment, Crime 1520  Words | 5  Pages

  • Foucault's Spectacle of Torture

    Foucault's Spectacle of Torture Michael Foucault's Discipline and Punish is a historic look into the penal system. He attempts to break down all the aspect of punishment and how the role of power affects the punishment. Also, he follows the development of the penal system into modern society. Discipline and Punish covers and array of issues dealing with the penal system. These issues range from Judging of the Criminal Soul to his idea of Docile Bodies. This paper, however, is going to focus...

    Amnesty International, Capital punishment, Crime 1310  Words | 4  Pages

  • The 18th Century : On torture

     Christine Boachie Mr. Mezzatesta CHY4U May 14, 2014 Renaissance and Revolution: 18th Century Torture In the 18th century law enforcement was significantly different from modern day crime detection and prevention. Unlike today’s society many people were left to fend for themselves and when it came to crime the prosecution of others was left in the hands of the victims themselves. In that day and age it was all too easy for criminals to flee from a crime un accused and unpunished...

    18th century, Capital punishment, Cesare Beccaria 1406  Words | 4  Pages

  • A moral understanding of Utilitarianism and torture

    Understanding of Utilitarianism and Torture KSM is a mastermind terrorist who has been captured by the CIA. He refuses to reveal any information about his organization or the members thereof that could be fundamental to the welfare of hundreds of lives. Even under the presence of coercive methods such as sleep deprivation and water boarding, he has refused to talk. His nine and eleven year old children have been brought into custody and a suggestion has been made to torture the children. Is the option...

    Ethics, Human rights, Intrinsic value 1248  Words | 4  Pages

  • Michael Levin's the Case for Torture (Review)

    “The Case for Torture” argues that there are various reasons for allowing torture to exist in the United States of America. Levin would love to see society change its negative views on torture so that, under certain circumstances, torture would be permissible. The article starts off with a very brief description of how he believes society views the subject of torture as a negative thing. He leads on to oppose that way of thinking and provides three cases in which he believes torture must be administered...

    A Good Thing, Amnesty International, Capital punishment 2170  Words | 6  Pages

  • Us Torture Techniques Violating the Law

    includes several different categories, which are binding for almost all countries of the world. The two most important types are the security rights and due process rights. "Security rights protect people against crimes such as murder, massacre, torture and rape" and maintain the peaceful order in a given country. "Due process rights" preserve the persons' rights of fair trial and protect the individuals from certain legal systems' abuses. International human rights instruments are implemented...

    Amnesty International, Human rights, Human Rights Watch 1910  Words | 5  Pages

  • Resemblance Argument: Solitary Confinement=Torture?

    Is Solitary Confinement Torture? Solitary Confinement is the act of placing a prisoner in a small cell, usually the size of your average bathroom, for up to 23 hours a day with one hour reserved for physical activity. The only contact the prisoner is allowed to have with the outside world is through letters. It sounds horrible, but is it torture? To answer this we have to define and set up criteria for something to be considered “torture”. I have created such a definition and criteria and...

    Mental illness, Mind, Prison 727  Words | 3  Pages

  • Argumentive Essay: Pro Terrorist Torture

    deserve to be treated humanely. The fact is, they have information that could save thousands of American lives. However, they are so passionate about their cause; such information is not easily obtained. Therefore, the United States has the right to torture prisoners of war (suspected terrorists) in order to acquire vital information that is required to protect our country and its citizens. Terrorists are not regular soldiers in a regular war. They do not even merit POW (prisoner of war) status...

    Human rights, Laws of war, Osama bin Laden 1765  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Importance of Torture in Relation to National Security

    The Importance of Torture in Relation to National Security 2,977. The number of lives our country lost, due to a group of hijackers linked to Al-Qaeda that planned a terrorist attack on our nation. This day will always be remembered as September 11, 2001, or informally known as simply 9/11. This casualty count does not include the additional heart wrenching calls that were made, tears that were shed, or families that were torn apart. Our nation’s leaders often reflect on this horrific incident...

    Civilian, Combatant, Enhanced interrogation techniques 1315  Words | 4  Pages

  • Torture: Laws of War and High Level- Terrorist

    Torture “To torture or not to torture” – the main topic in debate between Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Sullivan is whether torture should be permissible under certain circumstances or never at all. The debate of torture between Krauthammer and Sullivan began three years after the Bush administration defined “torture” in the narrowest terms – the permitted coercive, physical abuse of enemy combatants if the military necessity demands it. (317) Krauthammer discusses extreme situations that...

    Abuse, Combatant, Combatant Status Review Tribunal 1295  Words | 4  Pages

  • Identifying the Prohibition of Torture as Jus Cogens of International Law

    ‘Identifying the prohibition of torture as jus cogens of international law’ Artan Sadiki Introduction The time when states could completely rely on their national sovereignty without being bounded erga omnes by any rule of a higher instance marked the period of classical international law. Since that time there have been a lot of progressive developments followed by the evolution of the international community that contributed to the shift from the individualistic approach towards the...

    Customary international law, Geneva Conventions, Human rights 1853  Words | 6  Pages

  • Difficult Questioning: New Age Torture

    Alfonso Wesley Mr. Charles Askins Junior Honors English 11 20 December 2013 Difficult Questioning: New Age Torture Extraordinary rendition is when suspects are taken prisoner and are transported back to their nation for questioning, which is where various groups question our controlled interrogations that are safeguarded by specific guidelines and orders. I personally believe that there can be no victory without some form of sacrifice. To clearly define what extraordinary rendition is: “When...

    Central Intelligence Agency, Extraordinary rendition by the United States, Federal government of the United States 2285  Words | 7  Pages

  • Torture

    November 3rd Torture: Revenge? Or Justice? In Torture: Is It Ever Justifiable, both Phillip B. Heymann and Alan M. Dershowitz believe that torture is morally wrong and in a utopian society it would be absent. While they both somewhat agree, they both differ from each other as well. Where as Heymann takes a strong case outlining possible corruptions that would arise from legalized torture, Dershowitz takes a stance in defending on the books torture as opposed to off the books torture. In Phillip Heymann’s...

    Corruption, Decriminalization, Law 581  Words | 2  Pages

  • ‘Torture can be justified if it serves the greater good’ critically discuss this statement with reference to human rights theories.

     ‘Torture can be justified if it serves the greater good’ critically discuss this statement with reference to human rights theories. Torture, and consequently its definition, has changed through time. A Roman lawyer once stated, ‘torture is the inquiry after truth by means of torment’ (cited in Peters, 1985). This definition is the foundation for the understanding of torture in modern times. It is now looked at not only in terms of physical pain, but mental stress and damage as well, (ScienceDaily...

    Amnesty International, Ethics, Human rights 2759  Words | 7  Pages

  • Wheel of torture

    WHEEL OF TORTURE Ten (10) Philippine National Police officers have been discharged after revelations that they played a game called “wheel of torture” at a secret detention facility. The Commission on Human Rights is looking into the supposed maltreatment of up to 41 detainees in the Philippine National Police facility in Biñan, Laguna. The facility is a 200-square-meter bungalow being rented by the Laguna police intelligence branch first district unit composed of 12 staffs. At the kitchen area...

    Criminal law, Human rights, Law 1740  Words | 6  Pages

  • The Inferno

    descriptions of the various punishments that each of the different sinners has received. The various punishments that Dante envisions the sinners receiving are broken down into two types. The first type he borrows from various gruesome and cruel forms of torture and the second type, though often less physically agonizing, is Dante’s creative and imaginative punishment for sins. The borrowed torturous forms of punishments create a physical pain for the shades, whereas the creative punishments are used...

    Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, Pain, Punishment 1218  Words | 3  Pages

  • Heymann vs. Dershowitz

    the torture as a tool for extorting information from terrorists in their works “Torture Should Not Be Authorized.” and “Yes, It Should Be ‘On the Books’” respectively . Although their opinions intersect at many points, they are somewhat different. Professor Heymann’s experience as a former attorney general in Clinton’s administration has provided him with a closer look on the government policies about interrogation and torture; therefore, he has built up his own opinion on whether torture should...

    Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University, Ticking time bomb scenario 899  Words | 3  Pages

  • Pro Torture/Terrorisim

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