Torture Does it Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective

Torture Does it Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective❮PDF❯ ✓ Torture Does it Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective Author Kenneth Roth – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Of all the issues on the human rights agenda torture offered Americans the moral high ground until this year With the abuses at Abu Ghraib that led to accusations of torture within the domestic crimin Of all the issues on the human it Make Kindle Ö rights agenda torture offered Americans the moral high ground until this year With the abuses at Abu Ghraib that led to accusations of torture within the domestic criminal justice system the uestion of cruel and unusual treatment has taken on new urgency in the United States and elsewhereIn Torture twelve newly written essays by leading Torture Does MOBI :¿ thinkers and experts range over history and continents offering a nuanced up to the minute exploration of this wrenching but timely topic including among others Reed Brody on the road to Abu Ghraib and “ghost detainees”; Eitan Felner on the Israeli experience; Tom Malinowski on violations of State Department “forbidden practices” at Abu Ghraib and in Afghanistan; Kenneth Roth on the US government’s Does it Make MOBI ñ shift from cover up to justification; and Minky Worden on a global survey of torturing countriesIntended for a general audience some of the key uestions addressed include how to define torture whether torture is ever effective and whether it is ever acceptable. Admittedly I chose this out of morbid curiosity and so when I noticed the additional Human Rights title on the inner page I felt a tad bit disappointed Barring that initial regret that this wasn't to be a toe curling account of physical torture but rather an academic argument against its growing justification understandably they win the argument I found this very convincing and informative Containing a collection of essays written by academics and activists from Israel to Argentina some of whom were tortured themselves this book deals with a range of international and American incidents Not nearly as disturbing as some might fear it takes instead a fair and humanistic look at one of mankind's consistent flaws of nature “Good review of the law and practices regarding torture The debate we're having now like our politics is at a very childish level Opponents of torture argue it doesn't work Well then there's no problem just people too stupid to see that it isn't working As soon as you point that out to them presumably they'll stopOf course that is not the issue The moral dilemma is that it does work in certain respects but it is abhorrent Ends and meansTorture is very effective in terrorizing large populations with small numbers of operatives and forcing confessions for propaganda purposes where the truth of the confession is irrelevant When it comes to getting information from people unwilling to provide it voluntarily then it sometimes works and sometimes doesn'tWhether or not it works it has the side effect of making you a torturer which creates enemies puts your people at greater risk of being tortured by others and creates a secret society of torturers that always gets out of control and conducts violence on a wider range of victims than was originally intended It also perverts medical research and honorable service in the military and police by involving people in these revolting activities It's like censorship Monday you censor child pornography by Wednesday it's ShakespeareJust to be clear I'm on the prohibitionist side of this but I understand that means that I am willing to see innocent people die on occasion even in very large numbers who might have been saved I don't kid myself that if we're really vigilant and smart and use non invasive psychologically brilliant interrogations that the results will always be the same They won't be There are people who can't be tricked or cajoled into talking who will respond under tortureWhat the book really brings out clearly is that the world has made some progress in eliminating torture and we Americans are reversing that Probably a 35 This is a series of essays about torture around the world and conseuently is a rather depressing book It was not my choice to read but was reuired for a course that I am tutoring at the Mount Some of the essays were actually interesting like how many techniues of torture were developed by the French after their experiences in Southeast Asia and then exported from France to Africa and South America with some extensive training of US forces in the mix There was intersting commentary on the Abu Gharab sp? prison scandels the issue of responsibility and the perceived necessity of torture for national security I can't say I enjoyed the book but it was informative This book would be a great example for a not bad or average tag It is a the euivalent of a paint by numbers image of how Human Rights Watch defines opposes and publicizes torture by sovereign nations All the essays are short some are simplistic some uite good not surprising is that one of the best is by Hector Timerman who is the son of Jacobo Timerman Jacobo Timerman was almost tortured to death by the Argentinian junta and wrote Prisoner without a Name Cell without a Number There was not point however for A History of Torture by James Ross who tries to hit the high low points in fifteen pages an impossible task OK if you are interested in the work of Human Rights Watch or in a basic primer on torture in the past couple of decades A sad and harrowing look at the industry of torture official denial around the globe except in the USA where we openly proclaim policies and declare that Geneva Conventions are uaint and out of date There are chapters by investigators survivors those who treat the victims' psychological aftermath and others A comprehensive look at the ethics of torture but I must say I was as confused about the topic by the end of it as I had been going into it kenneth roth is great but some of the articles are lame

Torture Does it Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human
  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • Torture Does it Make Us Safer? Is It Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective
  • Kenneth Roth
  • 19 January 2016
  • 9781565849716