Imagine awaking in the morning, going downstairs and preparing the morning meal. While enjoying the sunshine through the kitchen window along with a chai tea latte, the news on the television suddenly changes from the mundane to chaotic confusion. Disaster has struck! The implausible has just happened and the nation is in chaos. This disaster could happen at any moment and at any point across the globe. If the only method of prevention to this traumatic event is by the skilled technique of information extraction known as torture, would it not be the government’s obligation to the people to ensure this method of prevention was exercised? When considering the threat from extremists, the United States government must allow for the use of unorthodox interrogation methods, such as torture, when lives are on the line and time is of the essence.
A widely popular argument against torture methods in the United States deals with the assumption that terrorists, or any form of enemy combatant that would wield terrorist style attacks, look upon how we as a nation employ torture techniques and attempt to cite it against us while claiming Americans are hypocrites against their own moral standards. They use this technique to then aid and assist them in recruiting newer soldiers or terrorists to their cause against America. This recruitment-tool theory has become something of a mantra in our recent history, including from the President himself. Moreover, as per the norm, it excuses the violent actions of the extremists or terrorists and blames America for the evil that others have done. Terrorists do not need America’s perceived use of torture to hate America. As Richard Cheney asserts in a speech he delivered in July of 2009:
“As a practical matter, too, terrorists may lack much, but they have never lacked for grievances against the United States. Our belief in freedom of speech and religion, our belief in equal rights for women, our support for Israel, our cultural and political influence in the world these are the true sources of resentment, all mixed in with the lies and conspiracy theories of the radical clerics. These recruitment tools were in vigorous use throughout the 1990s, and they were sufficient to motivate the nineteen recruits who boarded those planes on September 11, 2001” (300).
Clearly based on the fact that America has had terrorists launching attacks on American interests abroad as well as planning future attacks on American soil for many, many years before the attacks of September eleventh just goes to prove that the torture debate is of little consequence to those who wish to harm America and is nothing more than a tool for them to exploit for their own recruiting purposes and public images.
When people hear the word “torture,” they immediately retract and negative thoughts begin to form in their minds. This is a natural reaction because when people think of torture they think of the Inquisition or some brutal,...