As one researcher noted, such techniques as isolation and sensory deprivation were not only highly effective, they had the added advantage that the interrogator "can delude himself that he is using no force or coercion." (45) A torturer who does not feel responsible for the victim's pain is more likely to continue torturing
, and less likely to question the morality of his actions.
These untoward implications have been held by many to constitute a reductio ad absurdum of hedonistic act utilitarianism rather than a weighty consideration in favor of the practice of punishing the innocent or torturing
Ariel Dorfman's impassioned proclamation: "[N]o torture anytime, anywhere, no to torturing
anyone; no to torture" (6)--and those who believe that there are moral, and that there should consequentially be legal, exceptions to the general prohibition against torture.
The approval of torturing
enemy combatants finds its genesis in a September 25,2001 Justice Department memo by former Assistant Attorney General John C.
The possibility of torturing
an innocent is a hovering concern of the show.
Today, by our actions, survivors of torture say this every day to every leader of the more than 150 governments that torture: "Stop torturing
Certainly, the display of tortured bodies may be in poor taste, but surely the act of actually torturing
people is similarly reprehensible.
The perpetrators were later known as owners of land who had been torturing
the victims as a consequence of long-standing land disputes.
He quickly arrested Allende's supporters, torturing
and murdering thousands.