Should torture ever be allowed?
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(04-29-2009, 08:45 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Once again, the question isn't one of success.  It's one of proportionality.  Was it worth *trying* to force the truth out of the guy to save the girl's life.  It seems neither inherently wrong nor disproportionate, for reasons I've presented above.

I don't understand the point of Dirty Harry and that scenario in this discussion. His was a moment of desperation. We can ALL resort to violence when provoked.. In fact, I consider Harry to be truly "the tormented one" in that scene.

- Lisa
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It is our job to resist temptation.  It is our job to resist being provoked into sin.  It is especially the job of a cop not to get to desperate but to do his duty.  The question is whether he did what was right.  I say -- he was provoked, and his response, done in desperation or not, was *just and proportionate.*  I am arguing that in relevantly similar situations today the relevantly similar folks should behavior relevantly similarly.  I.e. it is *not* utterly evil to respond as he did.  If the girl is still out there, step on the guy's wounded leg.  If the bomb is still hidden, waterboard the terrorist.  If you believe that torture is inherently wrong, you have to say that Dirty Harry responded incorrectly and he should have gotten the murderer to his lawyer so the girl, status unknown, could remain where she was in her unknown status.  Do you think that would have been right -- to risk the girl's life in order to secure comfort and legal counsel for the murderer?
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Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Walty - 04-29-2009, 10:29 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by DrBombay - 04-29-2009, 03:05 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:09 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:12 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 03:14 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 03:19 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by DrBombay - 04-29-2009, 03:23 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 04:31 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:00 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:03 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Melita - 04-29-2009, 05:23 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 05:32 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Walty - 04-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 07:33 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Texican - 04-29-2009, 07:45 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:20 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 08:45 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Bonifacius - 04-29-2009, 08:53 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by SCG - 04-29-2009, 09:07 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by Marc - 04-29-2009, 09:40 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 08:14 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 09:45 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 10:27 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 04-30-2009, 11:01 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 11:19 AM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by glgas - 09-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 03:16 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-02-2009, 09:05 PM
Re: Should torture ever be allowed? - by INPEFESS - 09-03-2009, 01:16 AM



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