Why Torture is wrong.

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Since September 11, much support for torture interrogation of terrorists has emerged within the public. This has suggested that the United States engages in more interrogation tactics, including the use of torture, when questioning terrorist suspects and illegal combatants. However, torture - which is defined as the infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion - by nature, is wrong. When we say a war on Terrorism: just how are we defining "terror"? Is it the product of people or of ideas, or is it the manipulation of government? Thus when the lines become so blurry, humans will inevitably hurt others along the way. No matter what our religious beliefs are, where we live, or the politics of our country - we are all human beings with individual rights and responsibilities that should not be violated.

It is not morally permissible to torture Al Queda suspects or illegal combatants in any sense.

Regardless of the damage and destruction that they have done to us, reducing ourselves to that level puts us even below them. Al Queda suspects and illegal combatants act out of religious hatred - retaliating with ignorance by torturing the suspects is not the answer to preventing the war on terrorism. How would we be able to call ourselves members of the most civilized country and than see it as acceptable to chain people up and torture other human beings? Torture violates the right to bodily integrity and therefore represents a human being as having no rights and privileges that every individual person possesses.

The deliberate intentional infliction of pain and suffering on another human being is wrong. The intentional infliction of pain on an individual in response to an action after it has occurred can in no way change the effect of the...