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Bin Laden’s Death and Torture

This is an essay about the use of torture can be misleading if the victim is being hurt.

In “Bin Laden’s death and the debate over torture,” John McCain says that torture is an unethical way to retrieve information from an individual. Specifically, he argues that during the search for Bin Laden torture was unlawfully used as an attempt to get information. Although, some believe that the information we received from the so called “enhanced interrogation techniques” was found to be useful for finding Bin Laden. John McCain, however, insists that the information we received through the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” were found to be false and purposely misleading as an attempt to stop the torture. In sum, then, his view is that these so called techniques are actually torture that caused misleading information from the individual we were trying to obtain information from.
            I agree. For instance, in his article the recipient of the torture told the operatives torturing him misleading information so they would stop, even if for just a short period of time. In addition, these techniques conflict with American morals and values that we, the citizens of the United States, hold in high regard.

            Some might object, of course, on the grounds that information the we received lead to the death of the most wanted man in America, regardless of how we got the information it was a success. Yet I would argue that the information we received from the individuals under said “enhanced interrogations techniques” was all misleading. The information that lead to the killing of Bin Laden was received from individuals that were subject to less coercive interrogation. Overall, then, I believe that torture is not only unethical and against our morals but, also, information received from individuals subject to it is usually falsified. 

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