The Politics of Torture Argumentative Essay

The Politics of Torture
A look at the argument that due to the undemocratic nature of torture, its inefficiency, and the inability to regulate torture, it is an unacceptable practice to be used.
# 147732 | 1,732 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 21, 2011 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Human Rights)

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This paper provides a definition of torture and looks at how it has been used over the centuries by many governments, organizations, and individuals around the world. The writer argues that Torture is ineffective, and does not provide the alleged valuable information that one would think. Furthermore the paper also contends that it is impossible to regulate or control the use of torture, despite whatever laws or regulations may be in place. The writer concludes that there are no benefits to come from the use of torture, and its use, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and unnecessary as a political tool. The paper contains an annotated bibliography.

From the Paper:

"As well as being undemocratic and immoral, torture has proven to be a very inefficient. The torturing of victims results in the production of unreliable information. Victims tortured release information that they believe their interrogator wants to hear, in order to stop the torture. The victims often release names, locations, dates, and anything else that may allow them to live another day. In both history and modern times, this has been the case. "In the lead-up to the Iraq war in 2003, Colin Powell (United States Secretary of State at the time) told a "first-hand" story of how Saddam Hussein supported biological and chemical weapons training for al Qaeda. The story, gained from an al Qaeda operative tortured in Egypt, later proved to be untrue." In this case, the torture of the victim proved to be both ineffective and humiliating. It is these types of incidents that make governments appear to be foolish. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Applebaum, Anne. "The Torture Myth." The Washington Post 12 Jan. 2005. 3 Apr. 2007 <>.
  • "Blame Widens for Abu Ghraib Abuse." BBC NEWS. 26 Aug. 2004. 1 Mar. 2007 <>.
  • Crawshaw, Steve. "Torture Doesn't Work (Human Rights Watch, 27-4-2006)." Human Rights Watch. 3 Apr. 2007 <>.
  • Dishneau, David. "Abu Ghraib Officer Seeks New Hearing - Yahoo! News." Yahoo! News. 27 Feb. 2007. 1 Mar. 2007 <>.
  • Halton, David. "CBC News Indepth: Iraq - Abu Ghraib." CBC News. 13 May 2004. 3 Apr. 2007 <>.

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