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Sixty Percent of Teens Support Torture: Do You?

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Torture is in with the young crowd.

In a recent Red Cross poll, nearly 60 percent of young people -- from 12 to 17 -- believe there are times it is acceptable to torture the enemy. This is compared to adults at 42 percent, according to the survey.

"Over the past 10 years, they’ve been exposed to many new conflicts," Isabelle Daoust, who heads ARC’s humanitarian law unit, told The Daily Beast. "But they haven’t been exposed to the rules."

Torture, until this past decade, has rarely been thought of as a tool in war since after World War II. The Geneva Conventions gave explicit instructions to treat prisoners of war humanely.

But the younger generation have been raised on wars and violence throughout the world, beamed into their homes by CNN. Shows like "24" glorify it, and the U.S. government has even sanctioned it, despite the fact that numerous studies have challenged its effectiveness.

Other poll results:

-- 41 percent of the younger respondents believe there are times when it is acceptable for the enemy to torture captured American prisoners, while only 30 percent of adults agree.

-- 51 percent of teens believe there are times when it is acceptable to kill enemy prisoners in retaliation if the enemy has been killing American prisoners, while only 29 percent of adults agree.

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  • Doopalupe 2011/04/13 21:44:28
    No
    Doopalupe
    +23
    I think it's our responsibility to maintain the "moral high ground". Torturing would make us no better than those we would think to torture.

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  • Muscular Guy 2014/12/02 04:40:02
    Yes
    Muscular Guy
    Torture is a young man's game. Both the prisoners hung, naked, and the soldiers beating them are rarely past 30 years of age. Also young people, esp. young men are interested in the sexual humiliation part of the torture ordeal.

    torture boy
  • This is W³ 2012/06/13 15:46:00
    No
    This is W³
    The existence of the Gitmo will forever be a stain on the image of the USA.
  • wawa.rn.1 2012/05/31 16:58:32
    Undecided
    wawa.rn.1
    in a way it's good because by torturing sometimes we can get a valuable information from it for example terrorist who try to blow a country unless we torture his son to find out the deactivating code
    but in a way it's also considered wrong because by doing so you're putting innocent people in line to save the world it's again this innocent people right to live :D
  • Jay98 2011/10/23 21:56:11
    No
    Jay98
    torture is the easy option. it generally gets people to do what you want without having to be just in your actions in any sense of the word. if you want someone to obey then toture seems like a great idea no? wrong. torture only works because the victim is weak willed. the theory is that anyone will give into torture. the reality is that only people who do not believe strongly enough in their cause give in. unfortunately that seems to be almost everyone on the planet. you might believe that you would fight to the death for your country, for a way of life or for your religious beliefs but what you find more than anything is that people fighting for this soon give up when being tortured. people who are tortured into reveiling the location of their family for example often never give up and no amount of torture can get them to submit even to the point when the victim is dying or has been driven mad with pain they never ever ever put their family at risk. the truth is that you don't know what is important to you until it is threatened. if you really did truely believe in what you stood for there would be no amount of torture that could get you to submit. i know that sounds like a movie cliche but it is absolutely true.

    i support a way of life that people can truely believe in wit...
    torture is the easy option. it generally gets people to do what you want without having to be just in your actions in any sense of the word. if you want someone to obey then toture seems like a great idea no? wrong. torture only works because the victim is weak willed. the theory is that anyone will give into torture. the reality is that only people who do not believe strongly enough in their cause give in. unfortunately that seems to be almost everyone on the planet. you might believe that you would fight to the death for your country, for a way of life or for your religious beliefs but what you find more than anything is that people fighting for this soon give up when being tortured. people who are tortured into reveiling the location of their family for example often never give up and no amount of torture can get them to submit even to the point when the victim is dying or has been driven mad with pain they never ever ever put their family at risk. the truth is that you don't know what is important to you until it is threatened. if you really did truely believe in what you stood for there would be no amount of torture that could get you to submit. i know that sounds like a movie cliche but it is absolutely true.

    i support a way of life that people can truely believe in without being forced to. where people choose to follow and believe deep down in their heart that it is right. they believe so deeply that they not only would die for it but would be willing to be turtured into madness rather than sacrifice it to an enemy. with something like that to believe in torture seems like a weak and pathetic method and completely ineffectual. if people follow not just by choice but because they truely believe in it then no force is needed what so ever and you are garanteed not to be betrayed by other followers.
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  • ♥Hannah♥~GSA 2011/05/13 00:00:47
    Undecided
    ♥Hannah♥~GSA
    Only truly evil people
    Example? Osama Bin Laden, Hitler...those kinds of people.
  • Dramarama 2011/05/09 07:05:02
    Yes
    Dramarama
    I think it's necessary sometimes.
  • Dramarama 2011/05/09 07:05:01
    Dramarama
    I think it's necessary sometimes.
  • hunter 2011/04/28 07:20:26
  • obama 08!! 2011/04/27 05:15:16
    No
    obama 08!!
    +1
    Here's the problem with torture. It's not a simple question of the morality of saving lives vs the immorality of torture (which I don't think many contest, lest they think the dark ages were a really great place to be). It's more a combination of the morality of saving lives, vs the immorality of torture AND the probability of success. This last part is extremely important, because there is literally no evidence that suggests that torture is a reliable method for getting accurate information. If you think about the ticking time bomb scenario which everyone uses to justify torture, it's even less likely that the torture will work. In fact, it most likely will end up hurting your chances of stopping the nuclear weapon, dirty bomb, etc from going off. If there really is a counter ticking down, and you have this person who knows where the bomb is, he is going to be a hardened terrorist who has been trained to suffer through brutal interrogations. The most likely outcome is he will either a) not talk or b) give you false information. If the clock is ticking and he lies, then you just diverted manpower and resources on a wild goose chase.

    The point is, torture is both immoral and an unbelievably poor form of interrogation - even internal government documents show that. So in the end, it's better to err on the side of morality, because if you do torture, you probably wont accomplish anything, and more likely than not you will hinder your own attempts to stop an attack.
  • hunter obama 08!! 2011/04/28 07:21:14
  • obama 08!! hunter 2011/04/28 07:31:10
  • This is W³ hunter 2012/06/12 18:29:50
  • MegMayhem 2011/04/26 05:26:13
    No
    MegMayhem
    The "enemy" are people just like us, fighting against what their country has taught them as the "enemy"
    Torturing them is torturing humans. I'm a teen and am appalled at those statistics...those are really sad.
    Under my moral values, torturing is never acceptable.
  • cuteri97 2011/04/25 01:17:23
    Undecided
    cuteri97
    i guess it depends
  • VenomHalos 2011/04/23 18:45:40
    No
    VenomHalos
    That's horrible. These are human beings we're talking about. Torturing them would only cause them to resent you even more than they already might. Besides, how could anyone short of being a psychopath/sociopath possibly support this? It just causes people pain and suffering for no good reason whatsoever. You want information? Get it some other way. Like by actually WORKING for it.
  • A Lionheart 2011/04/21 13:08:39
    No
    A Lionheart
    +1
    It's not effective and lowers us to their level.
  • Dark sector 2011/04/21 09:37:23
  • jarrod 2011/04/20 18:28:19
    No
    jarrod
    I do not. But if the prisoner wants to be tortured to cry and feel remorse as well as get a lighter sentance than let them. I also think jails should employ more prisoners to use by letting them work for a better meal and funding to leave one day.
  • sara 2011/04/20 06:38:58
    Yes
    sara
    some people think it's nessary. but they should do it at thery own expence
  • Taylor 2011/04/19 23:58:43
    Yes
    Taylor
    +1
    when necessary
  • Gabby Grandchamp 2011/04/19 00:03:26
    Yes
    Gabby Grandchamp
    i want to torture some people (like Britney Ann Wilson)
  • King of the woodland realm 2011/04/18 23:53:38
    Yes
    King of the woodland realm
    enemigos deben morir
  • babaji5150~solo 2011/04/18 23:34:57
  • luvguins 2011/04/18 19:20:50
    No
    luvguins
    Whoa, what does this say about future adults and/or leaders when teens think torture is ok? A sad commentary on perhaps the future morals of our country.
  • Solomonster 2011/04/18 04:22:14
    Yes
    Solomonster
    Look again arguing weirdos! The question is "do you support it?" It seems that most those of you that are debating the issue are debating the wrong thing. "Torture doesn't work!" "Yes it does!" Torture is wrong!" "Not if done for the right reasons!"
    I am not going to try to convince anyone that it's okay to do. But I will say I support it. If that makes you dislike me. I can understand that.
  • Ozzyboy 2011/04/18 01:43:00
    Undecided
    Ozzyboy
    Teens torture uh, I mean torment their parents all the time, so this is no surprise. The word torture needs to be defined. Pissy Plastic Pelos** says torture is to make the terrorists "uncomfortable." According to her definition, all of congress should be held for torture of the American people. Harsh torture is usually not acceptable but it does really depend on the circumstance as the article states. Do you really think our guys are not being tortured and killed? Get real!
  • ElisaGalvan 2011/04/17 19:21:02
    Undecided
    ElisaGalvan
    really? im a teen... i want to say no but i want to say yes... i cant choose which..it goes against my moral codes so torture someone when in truth... the only thing we can do is just let'em go...there's no point in torturing someone if he or she will not speak... i dont know what to choose so i'll just say undecisive..
  • Usti Waya BN-0 2011/04/17 19:19:15
    No
    Usti Waya BN-0
    +2
    Torture does not work. If you are being tortured, you will say anything to stop the pain. Maybe our youth are watching too much violence on TV and video games. Their parents should be teaching love not torture.
  • Dirty red 2011/04/17 18:17:37
    No
    Dirty red
    I think it is cruel to torture an enemy. The only way i would justify something like that was if it was some of these sick people out here that are raping children or causing them any harm
  • Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦ 2011/04/17 16:29:30 (edited)
    No
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    +1
    No.

    Torture has been proven not to be as effective as the people propagating it want you to think, and previous interrogation tactics based on control have proven to be less than effective.

    Does anyone here know that Abu Musab Al Zarqawi was killed as result of interrogation tactics that do NOT involve breaking the Geneva Conventions or trying to degrade prisoners?

    If you tried to get information from an American colonel by breaking his sense of self-respect, do you really think that would work? If you tried to get him to talk by torturing him, do you really think he'd break?

    This isn't about having pity for prisoners. If I thought interrogation was the quickest, most effective manner for getting information that would stop this war, I'd be all for it. But the fact is that it is NOT.

    And it's horrible to see how many people on here actually think that torture is the way to go. Violence is the last resort of the incompetent, and anyone who really thinks violence is more likely to make someone give up important intel is talking out of their ass. You must use your brains to trick something into giving up what's inside their mind. Beating it out of them has never proven to be consistent in giving up accurate information.
  • Sandy 2011/04/17 16:24:45
    No
    Sandy
    +1
    Thes figures are a sad commentary on society. When one can go to the internet and purchase illegal drugs and learn how to assemble a bomb, what should we expect? When we hear violence inducing rhetoric from our commentators and pundits, what should we expect? Where did our "better angels" go?
  • Mikitty☆彡(SHARP) BN-0-WAWU 2011/04/17 16:15:55
    Undecided
    Mikitty☆彡(SHARP) BN-0-WAWU
    People torture people everyday. There are other forms of torturing that does not have to involve blood and gore.
  • Happy 2011/04/17 16:03:45
    Undecided
    Happy
    depends on who? lol and i am a teen :)
  • EmoEmily~BN2~Wawu 2011/04/17 16:02:44
  • Jack's Pearl 2011/04/17 15:59:38
    No
    Jack's Pearl
    +2
    I do not support torture. I think teens are just too young to understand the implications of that. They just think, "let's get em!" LOL But torture is not the way in my mind.
  • EmoEmil... Jack's ... 2011/04/17 16:03:36
  • Yuki ~ ... Jack's ... 2011/04/17 16:32:01
    Yuki ~ ♦Lion King of PHÆT♦
    +2
    Has anyone here read "How To Break A Terrorist"?

    It's a biography written by the interrogator who brought down Al Zarqawi.

    ...WITHOUT using torture.

    You would think, with an achievement like that, people would realize how ineffective torture is on a large scale.
  • Jack's ... Yuki ~ ... 2011/04/17 17:49:07
    Jack's Pearl
    Very cool. I'll have to check that out.
  • leonidas 2011/04/17 15:10:33
    Yes
    leonidas
    +1
    some people deserve to be tortured
  • Aurora 2011/04/17 07:59:52
    Yes
    Aurora
    depends on the circumstances..
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