Should The US Use Torture On Terrorist Subjects

Should the US directly or indirectly rely on torture to extract information from terrorist subjects? Why or Why not?

Many countries throughout history have taken the "initiative" to torture suspected terrorist in an effort to extract information from them. The justification for such measure lies primarily in the concept that terrorist are unfit human beings, individuals willing to inflict much the same torture on others with little or no regard to their health and well-being. Should the U.S. then, also feel justified in engaging in such behavior? Human Rights activists may argue that such measures are cruel and barbaric, in fact a violation of basic human rights. That point ...

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Shue goes on to define "basic rights" as those of security and subsistence. He argues for the right of every man to be assured of living a reasonable and healthy life, and by security he means the right to "the physical integrity of the person, the right to not be subjected to murder, torture, mayhem, rape or assault" (Shue, 20).

Upon reading this, one might assume that Shue is arguing that it is inevitably wrong for the U.S. to directly or indirectly torture terrorist subjects in an effort to extract information. By doing so, the U.S. is denying the men/women involved their right to security. However, further reading results in the following interpretation: by torturing suspected terrorists in an effort to extract information, the U.S. is guaranteeing and encouraging the "security and subsistence" of its own citizens, and those in other countries. This is by far, a much more sound and reasonable argument.

According to Falk, Human rights ideology sets limits on the power ...

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Shue states that "Basic rights are the morality of the depths. They specify the line beneath which no one is to be allowed to sink" (Shue, 18). Terrorists should not be allowed to sink to a level at which they compromise the longevity and healthy lifestyle of other individuals. Yet, their activities by nature cause a lack of balance in security and subsistence rights. The U.S. would be acting as a counterbalance agent, and by torturing the torturer, bringing leverage to the injustices committed by future barbaric and heinous crimes that may have otherwise been committed.

Governments unarguably have a responsibility toward their citizens, a point well spoken by Falk. ...

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