"Torture" Essays and Research Papers


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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘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...

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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...

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Pro Torture/Terrorisim

Imagine, you have a terrorist in custody, and this terrorist knows the location of a bomb that will detonate and end thousands of American lives, is it ethically justified to torture this terrorist in order to obtain the critical intelligence needed to locate and disarm the bomb, saving thousands of lives? This is a scenario called the ticking time bomb scenario, it may be an extreme scenario, but none the less, it is possible, would you let ethics get in the way of saving those people’s lives?...

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Annotated Bibliography

Prevention of Torture. “Defusing the Ticking Bomb Scenario.” Current Issues and Enduring Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. Ed. Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau. New York: Bedford St. Martin’s, 2011. 836-851. Print. The main idea of this passage is to expose the irrelevance of the ticking bomb scenario for the topic of torture. The article as a whole does not take a direct stand for or against or torture, however, it slightly attacks the areas for torture. In addition...

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Human Rights

convention against Torture has not brought an end to states horrific abuse of their citizens. Far from it. Although the convention has not achieved its lofty goals, it has contributed to the almost universal view that torture is an unacceptable practice. The aim of this essay is to critically analyse how the Committee against Torture and the Human Right Committee have both generated a rich jurisprudence on the extent of state obligations related to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman...

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Medieval Torture Paper

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” ( Lovecraft). The tools and devices used brought...

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English 108 Torture Essay

to Torture Suspected Terrorists to Gather Information” by Vincent Iacopino and “The Case for Torture” by Michael Levin both use different techniques to defend their stance against torture. However, both authors use deductive reasoning to defend their opinion on torture and both authors have similarities through out their essays and use some of the same examples to explain their argument. Both essays make a strong argument against torture but I feel Michael Levin’s essay “The Case for Torture” is...

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Is Torture Ever Ok?

Thomas Erb Is Torture Ever Ok? As a I discussed in my third essay, there are many disputes between people on whether or not torture should ever be allowed. I am writing my opinion on this heated issue and explaining why torture should be allowed under extreme circumstances. Extreme instances that should allocate torture are: times of war, a terrorist attack, or high profile criminal activity. If lives are at stake in these circumstances than I believe torturing someone is permissible. Torturing...

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Is Torture Ever Justifiable

Tierra Mason Professor Colin Anderson 15 November 2011 Is Torture Ever Justifiable? Torture, according to the United Nations Convention against Torture, is: “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...

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Eritrea Human Rights Issues

believed to universal human rights that protect individuals and groups against actions which can interfere with fundamental freedoms and human dignity. According to the universal declaration of human rights in Article 5, “No one shall be subjected to torture or, to cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa covers 45,000 square miles with a population of 6.4 million, suffers attacks on human rights every day. Eritrea’s 30-year struggle for independence...

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Preservation and Ruin

The issue is Torture. Torture is a serious violation of human rights and is strictly prohibited by international law covered in article 5 of no torture in 1948 “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” The reason for this is because torture strikes at the very heart of civil and political freedoms. Torture was one of the first issues dealt with by the United Nations (UN). The United Nations Efforts to Secure Freedom from torture is a dedicated...

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Torture and Human Rights

dedicated to defending human rights around the world. Torture should never be used to extract information from terrorist suspects. The United States is bound to international treaties and conventions that explicitly prohibit any form of torture. Moreover, suspects who are tortured do not tend to yield accurate or reliable information, as they are likely to say anything simply to make the interrogation end. In addition, because attempts to regulate torture tacitly encourage its use, they only contribute...

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Paper on Winston's transformation after Room 101 from 1984 by George Orwell

was brainwashed into loving Big Brother for the rest of his existence. Winston has been tortured, in the Ministry of Love by O'Brien for days, maybe weeks or months, we never know. As the torture takes place he never becomes fully transformed until he loses the ability to love. At a certain stage during his torture Julia was the only thing he still loved. She was the only person that stood in the way of Winston loving Big Brother. He mentioned earlier in the novel that his love for her could never...

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Human Rights Contemporary Issue

violation Torture is a serious human rights violation and is strictly prohibited by international law however it still does continue in majority of the countries around the world. Torture is an act of deliberately inflicting severe pain on someone without any legal causes. Torture is not only physical pain but also includes the act of causing mental pain as well such as threats to family or loved ones. Torture has been used as a punishment to intimidate or control a person. The term torture includes...

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Human Rights Violation

protesters. There are many instances when they have not even spared the womenfolk and children. Besides, the armed forces have also been accused of atrocities including torture, rape and killing in fake encounters. The powers given to police are enormous that incidents of custodial deaths, counter killings, missing persons and torture are increasingly being reported over the years. Besides, the prevalence of several repressive Acts is an indication of the interference of the State machinery in the lives...

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• Animal abuse or animal neglect refers to harming or inflicting physical torture and pain to animals for purpose beside self-defence. • One viewpoint which is held in animal abuse is that there is nothing inherently wrong with using animals for human purposes, such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research, but that it should be done in a humane way that minimizes unnecessary pain and suffering. Most of the general public like me might not agree to this. • Another viewpoint suggests that...

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Guantanamo Bay-Research Paper

prisons used to interrogate alleged terrorists using methods of torture to retain information, should torture continue to be used by the government and is it a useful tool? Identify your position and refer to sources. Should Torture Continue To Be Used By The Government? There is always somebody with more information, money, and power. Usually it is the government, for various reasons, that will not give out information regarding torture. Therefore, whatever we see on TV, read in books, hear from other...

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Case Study

Inter American University of Puerto Rico CASE STUDY: TORTURE THE BOMBING SUSPECT? Source: Dr. Tom Kerns, Introduction to Bioethics, http://www.bioethicscourse.info/casesite/cs-torture.html GEPE 4040 Ethical Dimensions Contemporary Affairs Prof.: Miłosz Mariusz Jacko, Ph.D. At 9:30am a phone call was received at The Seattle Times from a person claiming to have placed a bomb at an undisclosed location in downtown Seattle. The caller indicated the device was set to detonate at 2pm the...

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Full Sentence Outline- Solitary Confinement

risks outweigh the advantages. A. We must put an end to the torture. B. Solitary confinement has become a dominant weapon in the war on prisoners and it’s effecting our brothers, sisters, parents, children and families. 1. When prisoners are released and have sustained illnesses due to solitary confinement, they are unable to care for their families and must seek help to repair the damage caused by a senseless torture. 2. Not every inmate released with psychological damage will...

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Aesthetics Pain and Suffering Books: “Waiting for the Barbarians” by J.M. Coetze “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga

“I don’t want to read this”. Well, it is true that our minds connect pain with torture and scenes of horror. But let’s see how the two novels presented the theme of pain. In the first novel that we studied in class, “Waiting for the Barbarians” by J.M. Coetze, the theme of pain and suffering was evident throughout its course. The narrator, a magistrate of one South African frontier, faces the horror after the tortures and devastation that Colonel Joll left behind after his visit/hunt of “enemies...

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Definition of Tortue

Definition of Torture. The definition of torture has long been a controversial issue. In the Convention Against Torture in which the United States was one of the parties that signed on, torture was defined as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, [was] intentionally inflicted on a person.” Unsatisfied with this broad definition, John Yoo wrote a memo to the counsel to the President, Alberto R. Gonzales, attempting to give further meaning to torture. Concerning the...

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1984 Love

forced to stop loving each other. Perhaps the strongest love that remains in Oceania is the warped love of tortured towards his torturer. This love is displayed by Winston towards O'Brien and remains strong throughout the novel even when O'Brien tortures Winston to near death. The novel leaves us with the knowledge that Winston finally loves Big Brother. This love is the only love sanctioned by the Party. The Party's attempts to destroy natural love throughout the novel are largely successful and...

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The Spanish Inquisition

forcing non-Christian people, such as Jews, to convert to Christianity. Any non-Christian who refused to convert to Christianity would be prosecuted and tortured using different methods such as starvation, strappado, racking and many other forms of torture. In 1478, Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabelle of Castile established the Spanish Inquisition. The reason the inquisition was established was because Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabelle of Castile wanted to unite Spain. The Spanish Inquisition could help...

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Terrorist Interrogation

which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden. Human rights groups and a number of leading U.S. officials have branded the practice of water boarding as "torture", because it amounted to a "mock execution." While new legislation, reportedly, gave the CIA the leeway to use water boarding, current and former CIA officials have decided to take it off the list of about six "enhanced interrogation techniques." ...

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