Monday, November 14, 2011

To torture or not to torture

During the last republican debate, the topic of torture came up. Ron Paul and John Huntsman agreed with the present administration that water-boarding constitutes torture. On the other hand, Bachmann and Cain  endorse Cheney 's doctrine: Water-boarding is not torture.

Here is a United Nations Convention definition of torture:
...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions.
Wouldn't it be better for Cain & Bachmann to just admit they are in favor of torture?

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