The government should be able to torture terrorists
By Dylan Randolph, Online Editor
It’s no secret that the American government has been using various tactics for centuries trying to get information out of the terrorists who try to endanger the wellbeing of citizens. Some of the tactics they use may seem a little unconventional or inhumane to others. A popular form of terrorist torture according to theguardian.com is waterboarding. In waterboarding, criminals are tied to a table and titled with their feet above their head. A rag is held over the criminal’s face followed by gallons of water being poured on top to simulate the sensation of drowning and suffocation. According to thefederalistpapers.org, other tactics such as blaring Justin Bieber’s music 24 hours a day 7 days a week until prisoners mentally break from sleep deprivation or even starving have been used as well. However, people across the country seem to think that some of these methods of extracting information are inhumane and sadistic.
What exactly do people expect the government to do about these terrorists who infest the country and plan on taking the lives of possibly thousands of innocent Americans? The fact of the matter is, not enough discipline is being used to counteract the operations of these hidden devils. If the government would use stronger tactics against terrorists, they could potentially stop hundreds of lives being lost. As stated by infoplease.com others countries such as Nepal, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Iraq use tactics like electrocution, bamboo splinters, breaking of bones, countless stabbings and even burning to extract the knowledge of the captured enemy. If other militaries can use that against the United States military, then the American government should able to use the same tactics.
If the government were able to torture the terrorist in more aggressive ways, then the threat of terrorism would drastically decline throughout the country. September 11, 2001 is notably one of the worst days in American history, nearly 3,000 people were killed and over 6,000 were injured. This tragedy could have been prevented, or at least downscaled, if the government was able to use more aggressive methods in order to interrogate the Al Qaeda prisoners that they had in Guantanamo Bay who knew about the attack. Terrorists deserve to die for their actions, but if the government isn’t allowed to kill them, they should be able to do whatever it takes to save the lives of their citizens.