Torture on CIA detainees
by Kamal Koushal on November 13, 2014 - 11:38pm
The article “ CIA tortured terror suspect ‘to point of death’” written by Peter Foster on September 8th, 2014, on National Post denounces the CIA and their use of torture on prisoners. Especially after 9/11, the CIA has been accused to torture detainee that they suspect for the event. In this case, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of these prisoners that is suspected to be the mastermind behind 9/11. The CIA acted upon their suspicions and used the waterboard interrogation technique against him, which is a form of torture. More precisely, it mimics the physical and mental effects of drowning, which are very distressing. Foster emphasizes the testimonies of first-hand witnesses that the torture was cruel and the CIA might have gone too far. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, according to reports, was “drowned” 183 times, and a doctor was present each time to ensure the relative safety of the operation. The torture used by the CIA is a means to obtain information, so it raises a few ethical dilemmas. For instance, is it ethical for the CIA to torture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whether he is a suspect of not, as a means to obtain information? Or is it ever ethical to bring harm to a human being if it might have a good impact on other lives?