- July 1, 2020
TheGeneva Convention does not permit the use of torture against anyperson no matter the situation. The United States of America is thebiggest economy and the most powerful country on the planet hence itshould be on the frontline to champion for the upholding of humanrights. In my opinion, the US is obligated to have an unbreakablepolicy that aims at halting the use of torture against prisoners ifit is to be taken seriously by other countries supporting the use oftorture.
Oneof the scenarios that have commonly been used to justify torture isthe ‘ticking bomb’ situation. In this context, we are usuallyforced to choose between the lesser of two evils. In an instancewhere we opt to avoid torture, we might have certain repercussionsregarding our passivity. On the other hand, we may choose to engagein an ethically abhorrent activity of torture. Most importantly, noone would accept torture to be used on themselves nor for thepractice to be universalized. It is unlawful to use torture as meansthrough the end target is to obtain information from the victim.
Furthermore,I believe that torture has a significant psychological impact on thetorturer. Brutalization is a component that is embraced in manytorture sessions. The human psychology deters the use of violencehence torturers have to overcome this perception before engaging inthe activity. This leads to mental consequences on their part. Anenormous moral stigma is attached to torture due to the necessity forbrutalization hence it is worse as compared to killing in war. Asopposed to a war where the enemy is armed, in this scenario thevictim is defenseless.
Theuse of torture further puts into doubt the credibility of thejudicial system in case it relies on evidence that was obtainedthrough torture. The concept of “extraordinary rendition” hasbeen a problem for the United States. Previously, suspects have beentransferred to countries which uphold the use of torture so as toobtain information. However, such information cannot be employed in acourt of law within the USA. The suspect may be forced to sayanything whether false or true just to ensure the inflicted pain ishalted. Hence the investigator may not be sure of when to stop. As amatter of fact, this is a question of uncertainty given that no oneknows the truthfulness of the information given. This process can,therefore, be abolished, and more efficient interrogative methods canbe adopted.
Additionally,the use of torture in isolated cases is likely to contribute to itsfull adoption as a law hence the need to abolish it altogether.Therefore, the USA should ensure that no suspect is tortured for thesole purpose of obtaining information from them. The law should guideall tactics used for interrogation.