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Enhanced Interrogation and the "torture memos"
 
June 11th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
Enhanced Interrogation and the "torture memos"
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Originally Posted by senojekips
Remember, we are supposed to be convincing the world that we are "the good guys" not the same as those whom we criticize for their uncivilised behaviour.
Yeah. And we chose to be the good guys and it's hard being the good guy. It just looks like we're proving not to be up to the task. The public has a lot of guilt in this part as well... I remember how the public was so panic stricken after 9/11. It was quite pathetic. That's where all that weakness and lack of courage ends up.
June 11th, 2009  
pixiedustboo
 
 
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Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Sometimes you can think of it this way.
More lives will be lost of we do not interrogate with those methods..
+1

I don't support being the "nice guy" and taking one for the team because we might not be viewed as "the good guys" anymore.

I'd rather our government tortured those they knew had something to hide than to sit back and watch as innocent people are killed.

I say torture away. This world would be a better place if bad guys feared [us] more...imho.
June 12th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
Pixie, you obviously don't read the news.

Even the CIA has admitted that information gained through torture is useless, for all the reasons that the world has known about for a hundred years or more. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...proven_useful/
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In the end, though, not a single significant plot was foiled as a result of Abu Zubaida's tortured confessions, according to former senior government officials who closely followed the interrogations. Nearly all of the leads attained through the harsh measures quickly evaporated, while most of the useful information from Abu Zubaida - chiefly names of Al Qaeda members and associates - was obtained before waterboarding was introduced, they said.
Torture is merely frustrated people who realising that they are useless at their jobs who then use their prisoners as etertainment and to vent their anger like school children who can't have their own way. Read the reports and look at the photos of Abu Ghraib. (is that something that makes you proud).

In many cases, it has turned into plain straight out murder of their prisoners, and that is a war crime.

Do you wish to see your country viewed by the world as morally no better than places like those Muslim countries we hold up to the world as morally bankrupt, or Germany and Japan during WWII.

You personally have proclaimed on this forum that you are a christian and believe in god,... now you might see why atheists like myself think so little of people who make such claims. Beating people to death or near death is no more "Taking one for the team" than it was for those who poured Zyklon B into the gas chambers, it is a crime against humanity, something that should have ended in the 1500s.

Personally I think you should work out which side of the fence you are on, are you a christian, or are you no better or maybe worse than the muslims, as an atheist I have no difficulty whatsoever in reconciling my views on the subject.
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Enhanced Interrogation and the "torture memos"
June 12th, 2009  
pixiedustboo
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by senojekips
Pixie, you obviously don't read the news.

Even the CIA has admitted that information gained through torture is useless, for all the reasons that the world has known about for a hundred years or more. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...proven_useful/
Torture is merely frustrated people who realising that they are useless at their jobs who then use their prisoners as etertainment and to vent their anger like school children who can't have their own way. Read the reports and look at the photos of Abu Ghraib. (is that something that makes you proud).

In many cases, it has turned into plain straight out murder of their prisoners, and that is a war crime.

Do you wish to see your country viewed by the world as morally no better than places like those Muslim countries we hold up to the world as morally bankrupt, or Germany and Japan during WWII.

You personally have proclaimed on this forum that you are a christian and believe in god,... now you might see why atheists like myself think so little of people who make such claims. Beating people to death or near death is no more "Taking one for the team" than it was for those who poured Zyklon B into the gas chambers, it is a crime against humanity, something that should have ended in the 1500s.

Personally I think you should work out which side of the fence you are on, are you a christian, or are you no better or maybe worse than the muslims, as an atheist I have no difficulty whatsoever in reconciling my views on the subject.
I didn't say we should kill them or use them as "entertainment." However, I do think if being the nice cop doesn't work it's time to be the bad cop.

I don't think torture should be used in every case (I believe it should be used seldom in fact - but I do think it needs to be an option). If the person isn't talking the government needs to untie some hands so they can find out information that could potentially save innocent people.

Being a Christian doesn't mean that I am afraid of hurting people or that I am a perfect image of Christ. If something will save my [future] children or some other innocent person I will walk on the fence with some of my views.



p.s. I would personally shoot or hurt anyone within my ability if they were trying to hurt another I loved...I never claimed to be a perfect Christian and honestly, I don't want to change that part of myself. Having faith and trust in God is all well and good, but God also gave one the power and choice to fight back. I would fight back.
June 12th, 2009  
Partisan
 
 
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Originally Posted by pixiedustboo
I didn't say we should kill them or use them as "entertainment." However, I do think if being the nice cop doesn't work it's time to be the bad cop.

I don't think torture should be used in every case (I believe it should be used seldom in fact - but I do think it needs to be an option). If the person isn't talking the government needs to untie some hands so they can find out information that could potentially save innocent people.

Being a Christian doesn't mean that I am afraid of hurting people or that I am a perfect image of Christ. If something will save my [future] children or some other innocent person I will walk on the fence with some of my views.



p.s. I would personally shoot or hurt anyone within my ability if they were trying to hurt another I loved...I never claimed to be a perfect Christian and honestly, I don't want to change that part of myself. Having faith and trust in God is all well and good, but God also gave one the power and choice to fight back. I would fight back.
So when and where is the right of Habeus Corpus applied? Only to US citizens, do they have a particular colour, religion, sexual preference or are height distinction?

You have a law, you either apply it or not, it is not a case of it is Wednesday so I get to pull over all motorists in blue cars - 'cos I don't like blue!!
June 12th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
Well, in view of the fact that torture has been admitted as being useless for the gathering of information, I would say that your decision about torture is about as un christian as I have ever heard. As it clearly demonstrates that torture is no more than entertainment for those who can do nothing else.

My interpretation of the bible overall, (Yes, I have read the bible) would put your views a odds with the perceived views of christianity. Either you are or you aren't because torture and christianity are mutually exclusive.
June 12th, 2009  
pixiedustboo
 
 
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Originally Posted by senojekips
Well, in view of the fact that torture has been admitted as being useless for the gathering of information, I would say that your decision about torture is about as un christian as I have ever heard. As it clearly demonstrates that torture is no more than entertainment for those who can do nothing else.

My interpretation of the bible overall, (Yes, I have read the bible) would put your views a odds with the perceived views of christianity. Either you are or you aren't because torture and christianity are mutually exclusive.
Having the ability to torture wouldn't be useless though, because people would just spill their guts before they were tortured, wouldn't they?

I don't know the minds of terrorists and criminals but I'd talk before being tortured if I knew having someone torture me would be an option for them.

I'm not excited about the idea of torture, nor do I think it should be widely used, however I am frightened of the idea that it will be GONE forever and how people will walk all over us.



p.s. God says He loves me the way I are.

p.s.s. I am tired of being drawn and quartered about this whole Christianity thing. I am pretty sure you are leaning towards torture.
June 12th, 2009  
major liability
 
 
All you need to scare the life out of a devout Muslim is a bucket of pigs' blood. Instant ticket to hell for them.
June 12th, 2009  
Chukpike
 
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Originally Posted by Partisan
So when and where is the right of Habeus Corpus applied? Only to US citizens, do they have a particular colour, religion, sexual preference or are height distinction?
Does not apply to this topic of torture but for clarification. Guantanamo was set up because it is not in the United States. There fore Habeas Corpus does not apply. This would be a whole different topic.
June 12th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
I am definitely not leaning towards torture, no more than I would just kill someone for the fun of it.

If I were so p!ssed off, that I had to torture someone to get my jollies off, at least I would not try to hide behind the fairy story that I was doing it to get information. That is like an alcoholic saying he drinks because he is thirsty..... BS.

The first step in becoming a worthwhile human being is in being honest with yourself. After that being honest with others is no problem.