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Is torture ever justified?

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(29) Alistair, February 20, 2009 1:37 PM

Torture for evidential purposes pointless - but sometimes justified

The problem with torture is that the subject will say anything to make it stop. The answers are not therefore reliable for evidential purposes, nor for identification of accomplices. That said it can have its place. Its something of a cliche however in the situation of 'the ticking bomb' all that may be required - immediately - is where, when and how to stop it. If I was going to loose my life in the ticking bomb scenario I would be seriously upset if ANY means necessary were not used to extract the information to save my life. Later, after the plot is foiled it would not be acceptable to torture for further information as it is unnecessary and unreliable. I know this is a little simplistic, but not necessarily unrepresentative.

(28) Alexandra, February 1, 2009 9:03 PM

Hands up for Mr Bauer. Torture is by no mean acceptable, but terrorist are not humans to be considered by law.

(27) Dan, January 24, 2009 11:43 AM

Apples and Oranges

(Apple) Torture for prosecution purposes is wrong, as this is SELF incrimination. (Orange) Torture to gain information to protect the innocent is righteous IF the one being tortured is a known terrorist on among them.

(26) Anita, January 23, 2009 8:01 PM


We have to remember that sometimes "torture" is a way to get information. Yes I agree it is wrong, however, if you look at the terrorists that held Daniel Pearl, for example, they tortured him and THEN decapitated him. When it comes to war, torture is the only way to get information. It is never right, but sometimes it's the only way to do things. Yes I agree with some of you that we shouldn't derive right and wrong from a television show, but look at the real life situations. If there are several nuclear bombs set to go off at the same time in a city and you capture one person who is responsible, wouldn't you want to get the information to disarm those bombs in a hurry? I would, and I would use any means necessary to do so. That's my opinion... a.

(25) Sam, January 23, 2009 2:24 PM

good for him

GO MR. BAUER!!!!!!!!

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