The Legalization of Torture

 

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Ever since September 11th, 2001, the war on terror has grown exponentially. With the increase of terrorism comes the increase in government actions to prevent terrorism. Government agencies in the United States of America have been using forms of torture on suspected terrorists in order to protect innocent people. If we can save innocent lives using torture, then why shouldn’t we legalize it? The reasons against the legalization of torture are strong. Many scholars have argued about the immoralities of torture, but Cory Doctorow points out the many inefficiencies of torture. First, the emotions involved with inflicting pain on someone cause the torturer to get off track. The process of catching terrorists is far from mastered. Lastly, the court system proves to be much more effective.  I believe that Doctorow’s argument can be fundamental in debate about torture.