When Obama was elected as President, he reduced the possibility of torture as a form of punishment and interrogation. In 2010, he even justified his interrogation methods as being fair, which this article will highlight.
In recent news, it was reported that President Obama is not able to fully eliminate torture from the records. If he will not be elected, leading Republican candidates may reintroduce the form of torture as a matter of good politics.
Here are just 10 reasons politicians/theorists used to justify their means of torture.
1. State Sanctioned Torture-Good Politics:
If Obama is not elected as President, many Republicans who may take his place believe that torture is a matter of good politics; especially when it comes to War on Terror.
2. Due Process:
President Bush believed that terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay had no right to due process. This limits habeas corpus rights for everyone, which everyone is entitled to in the US Constitution.
3. Waterboard is quintessential:
Throughout history waterboard has been used as a form of torture especially under Jim Crow Laws. President Bush recently used waterboard as torture (specifically inquisition). To him it was quintessential and harmless.
4. Enhanced Interrogation:
In 2010, the White House stipulated that their interrogation was tough, safe, necessary and lawful. They also stipulated that their methods were not torturous.
George W. Bush was not concerned about his popularity when tapping into people’s phone calls or interrogating possible terrorists in prison cells, which people called torture. He was instead concerned about the security of his country.
6. Why pity?
I was watching the news once and an argument emerged as to why we should pity those who have done wrong. Many of those in the prison cells were there for a crime they committed. Why let them off easy?
Although he finds torture illogical, Glenn Greewald argues that politicians exploit the killing of BinLaden to justify the means of torture. For them, it is an essential and powerful tool used on terrorists.
This theory asserts that this is the only way one can get the essential information they need on threats, or possible threats.
Allan Dershowitz believes that torture should be done in legal steps like warrants. For him, a warrant should be issued in order to use force, in means of torture. It makes it more legal, he argues.
Politicians do not leave the demo any choice. When presenting pro-torture arguments, they provide gruesome statistics which mesmerize their listeners.