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Is it okay to physically torture prisoners?
Physical torture of prisoners is an acceptable interrogation tool.
In addition to torture being an interrogation tool, the beneficial insights into human physiology and psychology revealed in the process of torture help justify its application.
Some methods that may be considered torture are not so damaging as to be illegitimate.
Torture can help force prisoners to reveal information that could prevent attacks and save lives.
Torture, conceptually, could act as an excellent deterrent; knowing torture is acceptable is likely to make individuals reconsider actions that leave them vulnerable to it.
Some people have done such appalling things as to forfeit their right to human dignity.
The act of torturing a human being has significant negative psychological impact on the torturer.
The sanctioning of torture has deleterious effects on a country's government and culture.
A necessary condition for torture to be an acceptable interrogation tool is that the torture be ordered by a legitimate authority. The nature of such legitimacy is highly contestable.
It is morally wrong to harm a defenseless person.
If torture is allowed, then it could easily be misused or performed in excess.
Torture is ineffective at getting prisoners to reveal desired information.
International law, as well as the domestic law in many countries, is against the use of torture.
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