Taking prisoners to the edge of drowning 'not torture' - Foreign Office

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I'm not really sure about this one. Sometimes we need information really badly, and doing such things to a terrorist to get information from them seems reasonable when it could save the lives of many others. But this may be used for other things like other smaller ciriminal investigations. Where can they craw the line for this kinda stuff ?

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Zero-G said:
I'm not really sure about this one. Sometimes we need information really badly, and doing such things to a terrorist to get information from them seems reasonable when it could save the lives of many others. But this may be used for other things like other smaller ciriminal investigations. Where can they craw the line for this kinda stuff ?

Trouble is, that whenever you use torture - even "torture lite" - the information you get is useless. If someone will admit to anything to stop the torture then you have absolutely no idea if what they say is true. Usually information gained under torture is an exact confirmation of the torturer's suspicions - whether or not they are actually justified in their suspicions.
 
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