Torture is wrong. I know some may disagree with me. I’m against torture for a number of reasons: I don’t think that it is effective, it’s illegal, I think that it lowers our moral standing around the world and I think it puts our service people at risk. One day when I was driving I saw this sign and liked it.
1. Torture doesn’t work. I know that someone will say anything to end pain and suffering. That’s the crux of it. Even in an imaginary ticking timebomb scenario like you see on 24, a committed terrorist is just as likely to give bad info to end his suffering as accurate info. Then we have a ticking timebomb and the good guys going off in the wrong direction. It’s tough enough to find a needle in the haystack without making the haystack any larger.
2. Torture is illegal. Our constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment. There is no doubt that torture is cruel and unusual. We’re trying to get info by applying cruel and unusual physical and mental mistreatment. Torture is also illegal under UN conventions and international treaties that the US is a party to. Holding a gun to someone’s head or waterboarding are both forms of mock executions and therefore illegal under both US and international law.
3. Torture lowers our standing around the world. At one time the US was the shining beacon of hope. Not so much any longer. Now our major export appears to be weapons and war. At one time we would speak out against rogue regimes that practiced torture, now we engage in the same acts that we once decried. It’s pretty tough to condemn others who torture when we do the same stuff and send our captives to places like Syria and Egypt to be tortured. Now we even outsource torture.
4. It’s a race to the bottom. If we torture their guys than how can we legitimately complain when they torture our guys. When we engage in torturing captives it places all US citizens at greater risk. As someone who still carries the scars of torture, ask Senator McCain about torture.
Is there anything we won’t do?
It’s tough to see here, but this is what we call a bowl. We like to ski bowls because you can go side to side and downhill the whole time. It means a longer ride and more turns for less effort. Right before this picture was taken I took a good spill. I was skiing down one trail, crossed another trail, went over the lip of this bowl, followed the fall line where a little frozen stream runs and then did a face plant. Oh well. No falls, no balls.