Interrogating Terror Suspects

How far would you go to get information from terror suspects about an imminent attack on America?


Here's the scenario: The U.S. has intelligence of an imminent terrorist attack. We have terror suspects in custody that we know have information on when and where those attacks will be carried out against U.S. citizens.

Here's the question: Do you do whatever you can to get that information from the suspects, or do you stop short, fearing some may consider the methods torture, thus allowing U.S. citizens to be killed.

What's your answer?

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  • by Ron Location: NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    Whats good for the goose is not always good for the gander...BUT...when we are talking about the safety of our people and country...the goose and gander thing is out. If anyone thinks that other countries don't use torture on any enemy...we are not living in the real world. When someone can come up with something that works better I will be all for it...BUT...untill then, use whatever is necessary to protect our people and our country.
  • by fed up Location: aurora on May 14, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    It's simple folks,whatever you do don't kill them , that only makes them marytrs. or heroes to there countrymen. Instead shave there heads and beards and let women beat them with shoes. Use their hair and beards as bedding for hogs. Take pictures of them sitting at a table with a roasted hog in front of him, and guarded by mothers whose sons were killed by suicide bombers. Post these photos to the world,then, while you are laughing at him, waterboard him with hog urine. But keep him alive. Disgrace and humiliation instead of martyrdom.
  • by G Location: Pink Hill on May 13, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    Do whatever, they do it to those they capture and worse. They belive they will go their gods' feet if they kill us. The more the better as far as they are concerned. As far as I'm concerned,you can't torture someone like that. They think they will be saints or whatever, if we kill them, so don't kill em, just force them to eat lots of pork. Thats way worse for them. If that fails, then kill them, they haven't got anything useful for us.
  • by Ed Location: Williamston on May 7, 2009 at 05:28 PM
    I wouldn't cut their heads off because they can't talk w/o it. Everything else is fair game. You're dealing with killers and people who have no respect for life. Wake up before your head is cut off because you don't believe like they do.
  • by mom on May 6, 2009 at 06:50 PM
    i think that the only problem with torturing someone might be that if they are innocent, they might make up something just to evade further torture; not only violating human rights, but wasting the time of the military. in america we call this a coerced confession, when dealing with the interrogations of suspected criminals. i am all for doing whatever is necessary to keep my children safe, even if that means allowing terror suspects to be tortured--but the criteria should be that there is reasonable proof of involvement in terrorism. i imagine our military tortures more bad guys than innocent victims though...
  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on May 6, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    I would go all the way ;using all means possible including death.
  • by Phil Location: Pinetops on May 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I believe we need to support our Military, CIA, and other organizations that have been assigned to gather information needed to protect this country & its citizens. I want them to use any and every tactic they can to keep us secure... strange to worry able the ememy that will do anything to destroy us & our way of life.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on May 4, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    One of the most under reported facts of the "torture" story is that water boarding was used against a grand total of 3 people. They were never in any real danger, there were strict guidelines they had to adhere to and there was always a doctor present during the interrogations. Water boarding, what some are calling torture does nothing more than trick someone into thinking they are drowning, unpleasant I'm sure but hardly torture. If it meant the safety of my child I could and would do a lot worse things than making someone uncomfortable.
  • by m Location: nc on May 1, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    Torture has not been proven to get true information out of people and I cant imagine what it does to people who have to inflict it. It has to dehumanize you to be the one ordered to carry it out. It may not disturb most of you who responded to this blog, but I find it very sad that many christians feel this is ok.
  • by C on May 1, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    To OK: I beg to differ. It's because of liberals that we have the following: Affirmative Action, laws that favor the criminal over the victim, gun laws that disarm the citizens while doing nothing to disarm criminals, gay marriage and hordes of illegal immigrants. HOW is this "getting the job done for our country" ?
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