By John W. Schiemann

While the Senate published its so-called "Torture record" in December 2014 the realm could research that, for years, the CIA had used unimaginably brutal the way to interrogate its prisoners - usually with out yielding any priceless or fair info. The employer had lengthy and adamantly defended its use of torture, staunchly arguing that it was once not just simply yet important for the country's safeguard. or even amid the revelations of the document, questions abound approximately even if torture might be thought of a justifiable instrument of nationwide protection.

Is interrogational torture a good approach to extracting info? How sturdy does the data extracted must be for the torture to be thought of profitable? How frequently or how vigorously needs to torture be used to accomplish necessary details? it can be the case that interrogational torture can by no means be justified below any conditions, yet, based on John Schiemann, whether it is to be justified in any respect, it has to be potent. based on a couple of nationwide ballot, such a lot american citizens do think that torture can paintings, and that it may be justified below convinced situations. but when the data that torturers extract is undesirable, then the tactic quantities to not anything greater than natural sadism. So, how do we clear up the difficulty over even if to torture or to not torture?

In this e-book, John Schiemann takes a really special approach to the query of torture: video game conception. deliberating torture as a "game" performed among an interrogator and a detainee, the publication walks the reader during the good judgment of interrogational torture, evaluating the results to the claims made by way of torture proponents. The ebook attracts on a wide selection of resources starting from files of the Inquisition to mystery CIA memos to track this good judgment, illustrating each one final result of the version with a story from the genuine international of interrogational torture. Does Torture Work? is an soaking up and provocative tackle one in every of such a lot mentioned human rights and safety dilemmas of our time.

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The “tough” statements of Bush administration and CIA officials about going to the “dark side” and the “gloves coming off” suggest that what they have really objected to was the possibility of legal proceedings, not the fact of torture itself. 1. December 2014 Huffington Post/YouGov Survey on Torture Techniques Technique Slapping/punching Walling Nudity Sleep deprivation Waterboarding Threatening detainee’s family Threatening detainee with violence Confinement box for days Rectal feeding Acceptable 44 40 37 55 35 30 31 28 11 Unacceptable 35 41 44 30 45 55 51 52 73 Not Sure 21 19 19 16 20 15 18 20 16 Dangerous Torment 33 9/11, an attack they thought imminent, one can sympathize with their dilemma.

Coffman testified that he knew nothing about the money, but told two lies to stop the torture, and eventually the deputies stopped. 4 Accused of taking San Jacincto County Sheriff James Parker’s tractor, Hicks denied knowing anything about it. Parker responded that Hicks would be “begging to tell them where the tractor was” and Hicks was taken to a small holding cell in the back of the jail. After half an hour, Hicks was made to change into white coveralls and then, after about another half hour, he was taken by Deputy Baker to a detox cell.

The manacles made it difficult to keep up with the guards. Inside the room they adjusted his chains in order to shackle him to a chair. The room was cold and he requested clothes. They ignored him. When they removed the hood and blindfold, he blinked and squinted, for the room was all white and very brightly lit. The only other object in the room beside the chair was a bucket and a horizontal bar over his head near the ceiling. One of the masked ninjas told him they’d be back soon to question him and that Khalid would be given one chance to cooperate with them.

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