Mr. Keller's Government Blog
Harsh interrogation techniques... hmm... sounds like a euphemism for torture. And torture is one of those tricky subjects that isn't anywhere near black or white. It's definitely a shades of gray type of issue. For me, if the government has true reason and evidence to believe torture is necessary and effective, then it might be justified. But at the same time, they are breaking the law and should be willing to own up and pay for their actions.
You can't get information from a TERRORIST if you treat him nicely, these are the same people who want to destroy the United States. They won't give information willingly, that's why the U.S. has to take it.
We have to let the military do what they need to do and quit complaining about everything. Other countries use "harsh interrogation techniques" on our people so we should be allowed to use them too on their people.
I totally agree with The Professor and Goldfish on this one. The people who we are trying to get useful information out of are terrorists. They will never say a word if we just sit there and give them free coffee and donuts everytime we interrogate them for valuable info. To get even the slightest thing out of them we have to implement some sort of fear into them, all be it not that much fear, but just enough. Who cares if they don't get their coffee and dounuts during the interrogation, the safety of our country and it's people and allies are on the line.
Information gathered during torture is not very accurate or helpful. If you were being tortured wouldn't you say just about anything, even if you had to make it up, to make the pain stop. The U.S. gets angry when it's soldiers are tortured, so why should we do it to others?
I pretty much agree with professor, goldfish, and mongoose. We can't always be nice to people, expecially terrorists. But I guess I don't find interrogatoin techniques a big problem. We have some things that may be a little bit more important than that.
Alot of these people just say the things the interrogator wants to hear.
We all dont seem to understand why other countries resent america so much. I wonder if it doesnt have something to do with this mentality that "well if it will help us, who cares what the cost is?" this is unacceptable. There may be some cases where torture may be necessary and justified, but these should be exceptions not the standard. Otherwise the hatred of our nation is justified.
Do you want to know why we should use torture? Because we didnt fly four planes with hundreds of people into the ground. We did not publicly hack saw someones head off with a single toothed saw on television. We didn't murder so many people. That is why we need to torture, to prevent things like that happening to U.S. citizens again. Imagine if it was one of your family or friends tied to a chair in a dimly lit room with a camera in their face as someone began to slowly cut them apart.
Of course harsh interrogation was justified. Noone wanted anymore terrorist attacks to occur.
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