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Cruel and Unusual: Should Capital Punishment Hurt?
Painful executions equal torture and are therefore not acceptable.
The prospect of torture damages the government's moral standing and reputation.
Torture is prohibited in the United States by the
, which prohibits a death penalty that is unnecessarily "cruel" for the sake of inflicting pain - and, on top of that, "unusual"
in the sense that
it goes against long-standing and accepted practices.
Torture goes against moral standards.
Society is no better than a criminal if it tortures.
Torture violates several international agreements that the United States has signed.
Torture is intended to
compel some action
from those being tortured. Therefore capital punishment can not be torture because no action can be compelled from the dead.
The pain criminals feel is irrelevant if they are regardless going to die. Discussion on this issue should be about whether it is useful to kill them this way.
In order to accomplish retributive justice, it is only fair to cruelly execute an offender who caused suffering to others by committing a cruel crime.
of Americans are not opposed to torture in principle.