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← Why I’d Rather Not Speak About Torture

Red Dog's Avatar Jump to comment 10 by Red Dog

In reply to Comment6 by MMAtheist

Yes, I'm sure that I read the article. Harris says in this article "I believe that there are extreme situations in which practices like “water-boarding” may not only be ethically justifiable, but ethically necessary—especially where getting information from a known terrorist seems likely to save the lives of thousands (or even millions) of innocent people. "

That's the same argument that the Bush administration and its apologists (people like Dershowitz) use to defend torture. My arguments 1-3 apply:

1) Water-boarding is not a reliable way to get information. If you do have a case where innocent lives are at stake (the hypothetical and virtually totally imaginary ticking time bomb) torture is NOT the best way to get information. Again read what any expert on interrogation has to say. People for example from the FBI who have been amazingly succesful at getting information and saving lives. They all say torture doesn't work and that other methods do.

2) Things like water boarding actually play right into the hands of our enemies. They destroy any moral credibility we have. They have been used in Al Queda propoganda to show how depraved the US is.

3) Defenses like this argument from Harris were used by the Bush administration to justify water boarding and that water boarding got suspects (some were terrorists some were not) to say that Iraq had WMD even though they didn't.

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 18:28:25 UTC | #620748