Hornbaker

What should we do with the prisoners that we have captured?  Most of these people we have captured come from some sort of terrorist background.  Because of this we can’t release these prisoners because some may come back and try to seek revenge on the people that put them in prison by suicide bombs or other terrorist attack methods.  This could mean danger for the Americans running the prison and the prisoners that may know valuable information.  They could give us great insight to al-Qaeda and also other terrorist plans.  This could end up saving the lives of hundreds or thousands of people.  If the prisoners have valuable information they aren’t going to want to give it up easily.  The article states that “there are few, if any, rules governing the nature of permissible interrogation when the object is no to elicit “incrimination confessions” for purposes of criminal prosecution, but rather to obtain “preventive intelligence” for the purpose of pre-empting future terrorist attacks.”  Should torturing these prisoners be allowed?  They aren’t prisoners of war and they also aren’t “unlawful combatants” and most of them aren’t criminals according to the domestic law of crimes.  I don’t think torture should be allowed but it has been used in the past.  For example, when the United States government allowed for the technique of water boarding to be used on a high ranking al-Qaeda prisoner, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, one hundred and eighty-three times to try to get him to talk about things going on at al-Qaeda.  Abu Grahib was one of the American run prisons who participated in torture. I think that we need rules and limits for these torture practices.

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