Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb Theory
Professor Stephen Griffin over at Balkanization has a thoughtful post on torture and the ticking time bomb theory in the context of Judge Richard Posner's new book, Not a Suicide Pact. Posner seems to embrace the TTB theory.
Posner comments: "In the era of weapons of mass destruction, torture may sometimes be the only means of averting the death of thousands, even millions, of Americans. In such a situation it would be the moral and political duty of the president to authorize torture. It seems odd that people who accept this point nevertheless denounce torture with such ferocity."
What disturbs me is the moral shallowness of this particular scenario. Defined in a common sense way, torture involves deliberate cruelty and, as such, should be absolutely prohibited.
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