Germany Engages in Torture Debate

The torture debate is not limited to the U.S. It's the subject of an ongoing debate in Germany, where a policeman was accused of torturing a suspect in a child kidnapping case. The issue seems to be whether torture might be appropriate in exceptional circumstances. According to the BBC,

...it has also set alarm bells ringing, evoking historical memories of Hitler's Gestapo.

The policeman denied using torture. But he says "direct pressure" is allowed.

He said he ordered "direct pressure" to be used on Gaefgen, which he insisted was permitted under state law. "It is absurd to equate direct pressure with torture," he said.

What exactly is "direct pressure"? Sounds like a euphemism for torture to us.

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