Nice essay on the idiocy of the ticking time bomb theory of torture: so let us imagine ourselves in the interrogation room with the suspect evidence collected from his apartment certainly seems to indicate that he has knowledge of a looming terrorist attack, but he is begging for mercy too bad. A terrorist group has planted a bomb in a city, with the potential to kill thousands, if not millions you have a member of the group who knows where the bomb is, but is not willing to reveal the location. Erbil, kurdistan -- when the islamic state, also known as isis, swallowed large swaths of territory in iraq, they also captured what might be the biggest weapon of all: iraq's largest dam the. The answer is simple: state agents don't have any ambition to rape their own children this is a clue to the real misdirection of the ticking bomb scenario. The dramatic story of a ticking bomb scenario in which a good-natured hero is presented with the difficult sole option of torturing a suspect in custody in order to save innocent lives has been told and retold in the media and other facets of public discourse.
The above mentioned torture methods became institutionalized in 1987 when the landau commission justified the ticking time-bomb scenario -- if shin bet and the idf had reason to believe a suspect held information that may prevent a terrorist attack, moderate physical pressure could be used. The case fortorturing the ticking bomb terrorist the arguments in favor of using torture as a last resort to prevent a ticking bomb from exploding and killing many people are both simple and simple-rrunded. The ticking bomb scenario the absolute prohibition of torture is sometimes questioned on the grounds of security or counter-terrorism the arguments are often based on a hypothetical ticking bomb scenario.
Terrorist has planted a bomb that will explode soon somewhere in a major city, and all traditional methods of investigation and interrogation have failed the question posed. A torture wouldn't be used b torture would be used only if it was legal c torture would be used regardless of whether or not it was legal d none of the above according to dershowitz, what effect would requiring a torture warrant have a it would decrease the amount of violence directed. The ticking bomb scenario depends on its imminence however ever since the us embarked on the war on terror, no scenario has come close to the ticking bomb scenario, (bellamy, 142) the biggest problem with this concept that bellamy point out is slippage and normalization of torture as was evident with french soldiers in algeria.
Simply having the right terrorist in custody when the time-bomb starts ticking is highly unlikely furthermore, a large and complex (and expensive) oversight system would be necessary to ensure that any torture was in fact appropriately justified and properly carried out. The classic example in the debate is whether a ticking time bomb terrorist should be tortured it assumes that a person has information that could save hundreds, thousands, even hundreds of. Applying this reasonableness test to the ticking bomb scenario, torturing the ticking bomb terrorist would qualify as an unreasonable seizure of the suspect in violation of the fourth amendment 109 unlike the blood test in schmerber,where the degree of intrusion on the suspect was minimal, the use of torture against the ticking bomb. Torture, terrorism, and the ticking bomb 4:3 hathaway has conducted a study of the torture convention, 4 the treaty confirming almost universal condemnation of torture. The myth of the ticking time bomb october 2006 major success from limited, surgical torture is a fable, a fiction as we slide down the slippery slope to torture in general, we should also realize that there is a chasm at the bottom called extrajudicial execution.
Of course, the difficult question is the chicken-egg question: we won't know if he is a ticking-bomb terrorist unless he provides us information, and he's not likely to provide information unless. If it were not so influential, the ticking bomb scenario would be laughable the ticking bomb is a dangerous trope that has promoted a harmful policy on terrorism and torture because it is so bizarrely unlikely, this metaphor has been stretched beyond its breaking point to justify torture even for. The scenario the 'ticking bomb' problem the problem that even the most virtuous people face when thinking about torture is whether there is ever a case when a good result produced by torture. The case for bringing back torture is a ticking time-bomb a former cia interrogator who terrorized prisoners hasn't learned the lessons of his own immoral behavior conor friedersdorf.
From fox tv's 24 to essays by university scholars, one argument in favor of torture is everybody's favorite -- the ticking time bomb find out why this is the one situation in which torture. Planted the ticking bomb he is not a suspected terrorist it is built into the hypothetical that he is a terrorist-indeed, the terrorist-thus eliminating. Arguments in favor of executive use of foreign torture information frequently refer to variations on the so-called ticking bomb scenario in the usual version of this hypothetical scenario, an alleged perpetrator of an imminent terrorist attack is in custody and will reveal information critical to preventing the attack if tortured. The book addresses a dilemma at the heart of the 'war on terror': is it ever justifiable to torture terrorists in order to save the lives of innocent civilians in a 'ticking bomb situation' (tbs.
Question #1: doesn't this seem like something approaching the ticking time bomb scenario that constantly bedevils debates about interrogation techniques how hard are the feds working zazi for. The ticking time bomb scenario is a thought experiment that has been used in the ethics debate over whether torture can ever be justified as a thought experiment, there is no need that the scenario be plausible it need only serve to highlight ethical considerations.
'ticking bomb' limit on enhanced interrogation is dead the question of how far enhanced interrogation can go before it constitutes torture - and whether the shin bet had crossed that line. Since the ticking-bomb terrorist in entangled with ongoing operations lives of agents future counterterrorist operations at risk o will not submit evidence of guilt to judges who are considered naïve and poor security risks problem with the moral calculus of the ticking-bomb argument the principal parties premise - the captured terrorist and his/her intended victims are the principal. From the morality of terrorism by haig khatchadourian can terrorism be morally justified by stephen nathanson the case for torturing the ticking bomb terrorist by alan m dershowitz. The ticking-bomb argument, where a terrorist is tortured in order to extract information of a primed bomb located in a civilian area, is often invoked as one of those extreme circumstances where.