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 Post subject: Interrogation Ethics
PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 11:41 am 
Let's say there's a nuclear weapon primed to go, taking out a major city.

Is there ever a point when the usage of torture is morally justified in an interrogation?

Is there a level of treatment that is permissible and a level that is not?

Is there a threshold when basic human rights have to be set aside for to save other people?

And for kicks and giggles, lets complicate matters and say you know that your family and loves ones are currently in the city. In a traffic jam. And by some strange cosmic workings the only way to save them is to get the guy you have in custody to fess up.

Does that change your answer any?


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 2:32 pm 
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I'd say that the point that beating the living cuss out of said person to get an answer from him is a long way before your hypothetical.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 2:36 pm 
The problem with torture as an interrogation tool is that the only answers a tortured person gives is the ones that will end the torture. Which is seldom the truth.


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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 3:13 pm 
At this point, I'd torture him, his pets, his family, and then I'd eat them all if necessary. Raw.

The only problem is how practical and succesful that'd be. Ethics be damned.


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