Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Morality of Waterboarding


If we could have prevented 9/11 by waterboarding Osama bin Laden for 2 1/2 minutes, should we have done it?

Standard assumptions apply. It’s a moral question, not a legal one, so assume that the waterboarding is legal. Assume that the waterboarding is the least coercive method of obtaining the information. Assume that the information obtained is reliable.

Bonus question: is the morality of waterboarding dependent on its reliability? In other words, if your objection to my hypotheticals is that waterboarding won’t necessarily reveal reliable information, then is your moral objection based on the practical question of whether it will work? (I don’t mean to suggest that a yes answer is wrong. I’m just throwing it out there for discussion.)

My answer........hell yah neighbor.

h/t Patterico


At 1:20 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Oh boy, you opened a can of worms, but ...yeah!

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Bar Kochba said...

Pikuach nefesh kadma leTorah- Saving alife comes before the Torah. If we can save lives, we are allowed to violate any prohibition save murder, idol worship and sexual immorality.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

BK, couldn't agree with you more.

This goes along the same mentality as those not outraged at Ahmadinejad's pro-torture/murder of gays, but rather outraged at those white folk who use the term nigger.

At 7:49 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

Waterboarding does no permanent harm to the "victim;" not like removing a finger, ect...

So I say, HELL YES!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

And really, even if it did do permanent harm... >:)

At 9:40 AM, Anonymous ceggen said...

Big D-Check this out!! What a bunch of IDIOTS-Islam, the religion of PEACE!! Yeah, a piece of you hyde!!-----

Dark Ages savagery directed against children in Afghanistan: Boy killed for teaching English.

Kabul - Taliban militants have shot dead a teenage boy for teaching English in eastern Afghanistan, while several Taliban were killed and seven detained in a clash with coalition forces, officials said on Thursday.

Armed militants entered a school in Sayed Karam district of Paktika province and dragged the schoolboy out of his class and shot him dead, Esmatuallh Alizai, provincial police chief said.

“The boy, who was teaching English to other students after school hours, had been warned by the militants to stop teaching,” Alizai said.

Police in the area arrived at the scene and two policemen and two militants were killed in the ensuing gun battle, he said. Taliban militants have killed several teachers and students in the past for attending the government-run schools, which they regard as un-Islamic.


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