posted on Nov, 9 2005 @ 03:02 PM
Okay, I'll bite! I don't believe in torturing your basic foot soldier just to get troop movement info, but given the right circumstance then it can
be a means to obtain information that the victim would not readily give up. Say for instance a WMD is planted on US soil and has a timing device.
Suppose that the device will kill, thousands or more Americans if it detonates. Now you have a person in custody that may have information that will
either lead to the device or to someone else that knows where the device is, yeah I know, sounds like your basic '24' plot but imho at least the
President should have the authority to use it as a last resort in times of National Security. Now having said that I am not going to debate with
anyone the moral side of torture. If you notice my avatar then you will see that I am a veteran. I wouldn't particularly like to have bamboo shoots
shoved up my fingernails either, but as a soldier that was in situations were if captured, torture was guaranteed, I still say that if the situation
is right then it is a necessary tool. My concern would be in saving the lives of the many innocents that will die from the attack rather than worrying
about the rights of the person being tortured. War is not fun and games, we are fighting a ruthless enemy that has no regard for human life. You
cannot tie the hands of our government or our soldiers just so you feel better about yourself. As a soldier I can honestly say that I wish that all
weapons on the face of the earth could be rounded up and destroyed. I wish that no one every had to die in a senseless act of violence. I depise war
and those that bring it on us, but if you put me on the battlefield, then I am going to be whatever evil bastard I have to be to assure my safety,
that of my men, my Country and my loved ones.