I am absolutely positively against torture for any reason whatsoever, and while I could make mine a human rights argument, my main objection has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such thing.
I'll repeat that, for the hacks in the audience -- the main reason I will never condone torture has nothing to do with the rights of terrorists, or enemy combatants, or criminals, or whatever the buzz-term of the day is.
My argument is that there are some things that are so base / inhumane / evil that you simply should not do them in the name of any person / thing / cause. If you do, you dramatically reduce or eliminate the value of that which you are attempting to protect / promote.
I do not love mere existence enough to permit someone else to sell my humanity up the river in exchange for my life.
Would it be effective to torture the children of captives?
I think that I would break much more quickly if it was a question of my child being tortured than me being tortured.
So, let's torture the children of terrorists and terrorist suspects.
I may be wrong.
The fact that we are sitting around talking about this...shows how far we have fallen as a nation.
Women (Nasty or otherwise) are going to be the reason that Donald Trump is NEVER President!
Please don't equate those who believe that waterboarding is not torture with those who chop off heads, use tasers on private parts, break arms and legs, cut off fingers and toes, hang people upside down, hang 'em by hands tied behind their backs. It's just not the same.
How far we've fallen as a nation is shown by how our politicians use war as a tool to garner votes.
Thank you, Quazi!