- Timely information is needed to break up cells, capture wanted terrorists, and prevent thousands or millions
of deaths; this information can be obtained in a more timely manner by administering torture.
- These specific terrorists deserve a little extra punishment for the death and misery they've caused.
- Anything we do to our captives will still be nothing compared to what they do to our soldiers when captured.
- Terrorists under duress may give us information that we didn't even know to ask.
- It lowers us from the moral high ground to the level of the terrorist.
- It leads to a weakening of international law, which could lead to torture retaliation for our prisoners.
- Torture can lead to made-up information as prisoners say anything to stop the pain.
- It could widen anti-American sentiment if word of the torture got out.
- It creates sympathy for people who would otherwise be scorned and shamed.
- Other non-torture methods can be just as effective, if not more so.
- Terrorists might choose death over capture more frequently, possibly costing lives and eliminating a potential
- There's always the chance that an innocent person may be subjected to the torture.