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Hot Topic: Should the U.S. use torture?
Background Facts Since the attacks on 9-11 the U.S. has been using its Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to imprison and interrogate “suspected terrorists” and “enemy combatants.” Prisoners have been tortured and killed
Background Fact Since 2003 the U.S. military has been using one of Saddam’s old prisons to imprison and interrogate “suspected terrorists.” The name of the prison is Abu Gharib. 1000’s of “suspected terrorists” held by the U.S. in prisons around the world.
Abu Gharib Prison, Iraq
Background Facts At Abu Gharib prison 7 U.S. soldiers were convicted of torturing and killing Iraqis suspected of being terrorists. The Geneva Convention (Art. III) and U.S. law makes “cruel and degrading” treatment illegal.
Yes Arguments “The ends justify the means”: Torture is obviously a horrible thing, but it is worth the price if it protects Americans. Our enemies showed us no mercy on 9-11, why should we show them any? It is better to be feared than loved
No Arguments If the U.S. breaks the law, the U.S. goes against all it stands for and becomes a hypocrite. Torture is an extremely unreliable source of information. Torture puts the U.S. in more danger not less because more people end up hating our country because of torture.