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Philosophy or Ethics, Psychology, Social Science, White Paper

Torture Interrogations


In my White Paper, I focused on educating the reader on the practices of torture and its use in prisoner interrogations, providing evidence supporting and condoning these practices, and ultimately suggesting policies to aid Army executives on the subject of torturing. The use of torture has been documented well throughout history, primarily used as a form of intimidation and aggression from one group to another. However, this ancient practice has turned into an information-gathering tool from incarcerated prisoners in modern times. These torture interrogations hope to physically and psychologically breaking down helpless prisoners to the point that they relay vital information to their torturers.

Evidence points to the United States Army as utilizing such techniques to gather intel from captive terrorists. While many countries admit to using torture interrogations, the fact that the United States uses similar strategies is nothing short of appalling. Though the United States is involved in a difficult War on Terror, the country who holds individual’s rights above all else should focus on leading by example with the way she treats her prisoners. Therefore, it is shocking that the United States has been implicated in numerous torture interrogation scenarios, such as Bagram Prison, Guantanamo Bay, and Abu Ghraib.

Although some evidence has been presented supporting the claims that torture works as an interrogation tactic, there is an even larger amount of evidence admonishing such techniques. Experience has shown many interrogators that utilizing torture leads to false information and can often turn out to be more of a hindrance than a benefit. Furthermore, the psychological and physical toll such practices take on the victim are entirely unethical and inhumane.

To conclude, I suggest policies that may help the United States Army overcome their desire to use torture as a means of procuring information from helpless prisoners, while also compensating for the current policies’ lack of thoroughness on this subject.

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About Derek

I am a senior at Bucknell University where I am double majoring in Management and Psychology.

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