Debate:Is waterboarding torture?

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Yes

Yes, we need to torture muslims if they bomb us. I support it.

Hmm. That makes perfect sense. With that logic, let's torture all of the guys in the USAF because they bomb innocent civilians. Does that make sense? And you just stereotyped 1.6 billion people. --Hojimachongtalk 15:59, 21 April 2007 (EDT)
Waterboarding is defined as torture by US law[1], The UN[2] (which also states "No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political in stability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture"). --ηοξιμαχονγθαλκ 15:31, 19 July 2007 (EDT)

Waterboarding is definitely torture, and isn't justified or even particularly useful in most situations. "Ticking bomb" scenarios like the kind you see on TV don't often happen in real life, and even on the rare occasions when they do, a terrorist who is willing to plant a bomb and blow up people on the street is also going to be able to be determined enough to do wrong that he can withstand torture. CobaltFusion 08:31, 29 June 2010 (EDT)

No

Wait a minute - 'we need to torture muslims if they bomb us' - you mean you wouldn't torture others who bomb you? Are you suggesting that Followers of Islam are in some way more deserving of torture? Other than that, if you advocate the torture of prisoners (be they Prisoners of War in the technical sense or not) then surely you abandon any right to be appalled if other nations/organisations adopt the same tactics with captured Americans..? SpinnakerMagic 15:34, 14 May 2007 (BST)
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