Torture

Torture is the infliction of severe physical pain, psychological pain, and possibly injury to a person or other living being on purpose. In most cases, the victim is restrained and unable to resist the violence of the perpetrator. Torture has been used and continues to be used by individuals, organizations, and governments, regardless of numerous governments' and international organizations' laws opposing torture. This is because there are numerous motives for torture such as: punishment, revenge, political re-education, deterrence, interrogation or coercion of the victim or a third party, or simply the sadistic gratification of those carrying out or observing the torture.

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Torture

What is torture?

There are several types of torture...... One type is to do something to another living animal (yes that includes people) which subjects or causes physical pain... i.e. striking (hitting), causing lacerations, breaking of bones or joints, removing some part of whomever the torturer is torturing. If you feel the need to be able to visually see this (and honestly, no one in their right minds would!!). There are several movies that you can watch. I will not provide that information as those who would go to them already know what they are.

Next would be psychological or mental, which can be far more devastating and have far long effects while not normally causing physical harm. I will not go into detail on the types of mental or psychological types of torture as that could possible teach or assist in aiding someone in causing harm to any living being! I will only say that many people AND ANIMALS (if you have ever seen any animal cower, become intensely afraid from a tone whether it be voice or other types of noise, objects or a person or a different person but may either be the same sex or look similar to the person (as humans are the ONLY animals on this planet that will cause either physical or psychological (mental) torture of another living creature, thus the comment of same sex or looking similar to the person comment!

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Vlad III the Impaler
Torture

What forms of torture did Vlad the Impaler supposedly delight in?

Vlad Drăculea's preferred method of torture was impalement, where you are simply left to slide down a greasy stake. As the stake gets into your body, it slowly rips everything in its path, and you are left to die.

His other methods of torture included;

-Smashing of the head

-Boiling alive

-Burying alive

-Left to die in a pit

He did this all in underground torture chambers in both of his two castles, located in what was Wallachia, now is Transylvania, a province in Romania.

But that there are also many legends, so that no one can say what really happened and what was invented.

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Holocaust
Germany in WW2
Judaism
Adolf Hitler
Torture

How did Hitler get people to follow through with the torture of the Jews?

Hitler and Heinrich Himmler told the SS Oficers at the concentration camps, to tortue the jews.

Without killing them the way they tortured Jews was brutally beat them with their fist, their guns and their kanes. Most times the SS Officers shoo them in their private parts or their legs because it wont kill them instantly but it would hurt so much, they would wish that they were dead

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Torture

What rhymes with torture?

couture

overture
Morture

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Holocaust
Germany in WW2
Torture

Why did the Nazis kill and torture people in the Holocaust?

They killed and tortured people because Hitler told them that they were not Aryan or part of an Aryan race.

If you read Hitler's book Mein Kamph you will understand fully. Specifically in the case of the Jews, the book strongly implies that Germany can never succeed at anything it attempts as long as there is a single Jew alive in the world. The book also repeatedly comments that the Jewish, Gypsy, Slavic, Black, etc. races are analogous to sewer rats and other vermin.

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Torture

What was the first torture device?

The Relationship.

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Torture

What can you do about an ex girlfriend who is destroying your life when she is mentally deranged and wants to torture you for no reason and you have two children?

LEAVE HER! IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. IF YOU HAVE, YOU ARE NO LONGER RESPONSIBLE FOR HER, LET HER DEAL WITH IT HERSELF. OH, AND TRY GETTING FULL CUSTODY OF THE KIDS. A restraining order just wont work if she is that bad. You have to document the wrong doings and take it to the authorities so they have cause to arrest her. She cant do anything to you from jail and depending on how many offenses she incurs then the fine/bail will be that much higher, can she afford to continue to be evil and immature. If the children are being mentally/emotionally abused document that, too, the state doesnt take to kindly to children being used as pawns. She wants to torture you because she is immature and cant let go of you and doesnt want to see you happy if she is not. Get some other adults to view these events and have them write statements, she will grow up rather quickly, it is her choice is she wants to do it behind bars or not.

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Pyrotechnics and Fireworks
Torture

What is a Catherine wheel or a rocket?

A "Catherine wheel" is a pinwheeling fireworks display, so both it and some rockets are types of fireworks. Other than that, they are totally dissimilar.

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World War 2
Germany in WW2
Torture

What were some of the tortures used in World War 2?

gas chambers, crematoriams, rape... just horrible and grotesque things go google the concentration camps/ death camps/ breeding camps that will have all sorts of information

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Torture

In torture game 3 is there any cheats?

is there any cheats for toture game 3

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Germany in WW2
Nazi Concentration Camps
Torture

Was there a type of torture in concentration camps involving stairs?

At Mauthausen concentration camp prisoners were forced to climb the 186 steps with large blocks of granite on their backs often the blocks would fall, crushing limbs and bodies of those following, sometimes killing and often having a domino effect. Those who made it to the top were forced to jump from the edge of the quarry to their death below known as the "parachute jump".

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Of Mice and Men
Torture

How does crooks torture and taunt Lennie?

He makes Lennie think that George won't come back, but he is only doing it so Lennie feels what it's like to be alone which is exactly how Crooks feels.

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Sleep Disorders
Torture

Chronic sleep deprivation is likely to?

promote obesity and impair memory

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Germany in WW2
Adolf Hitler
Torture

Did Adolf Hitler torture animals when he was younger?

Hitler loved animals, in fact he detested any form of animal cruelty and if I'm not mistaken he was a vegetarian.

I disagree. it is a fact that when Hitler was a child he shot rats as a form of entertainment. on top of that he ate meat occasionally despite his claims of being a vegetarian. not only did he shoot rats but he also peed in a billy goat's mouth when he was a teenager. as a result it was thought that he got bit in the penis. you can find more information on that in the book "Explaining Hitler" by Ron Rosenbaum on page XXX in the introduction.

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Terrorism
Torture

Is it ever ethically acceptable to torture a person the war on terrorism?

Ethical Theories Applied to Torture

There are many and varied ethical theories that could be applied to the question, 'can the use of torture ever be justified?' Theories that conclude that torture is never acceptable will be examined first.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) developed Kantian Theory. It is based on the belief that reason is the final authority for morality. A moral act is an act done for the right reasons (Lovell & Fisher, 2002, p314). Kantian Theory is closely related to the doctrines of all major religions, the Bible states 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. At the Centre of Kantian ethics is his categorical imperative, which is a set of universal rules that outline 'that only the good will, a will to act out of a sense of duty, has unqualified moral worth' (Pojman, 1998, p194).

Using deontological theory whereby actions are intrinsically right or wrong, torture can be seen to be unacceptable, whatever the circumstances and consequences. Deontologists hold that one cannot undertake immoral acts like torture even if the outcome is morally preferable, such as the early ending of a war or the saving of lives.

Edmund Burke, the late eighteenth century writer and politician, accused the British of suffering from what he termed 'geographical morality' (Lee & Smith, 2004, p16). 'Geographical morality' is when people are prepared to be shocked by and to condemn torture in other countries while condoning its practice by their own authorities. The British are not the only ones to be guilty of this, many countries, especially in the West can be accused of 'geographical morality'.

However, there are many other theories that show that torture could be morally acceptable in some situations.

John Stuart Mill (1808-73) put forward an ethical theory known as utilitarianism. Utilitarianism can be summed up in the phrase, 'everyone should act in such a way to bring the largest possibly balance of good over evil for everyone involved' (Almond, 1988, p127). Using this theory, torture can be justified if it brings about a 'greater good for a greater number of people'. The ends justify the means. Using Utilitarianism Theory, if the torture of one person means that several people are located and rescued from a dire situation, then that torture is justifiable.

Consequentialism offers the idea that torture is justifiable if the consequences of the torture are morally right. Consequentialism is an ethical view that establishes the rightness or wrongness of actions by the good or bad produced by its consequences.

Interlaced with the question 'can torture ever be justified?' is the question 'can war ever be justified?' As torture is an agent of war, this seems appropriate. Just War Theory can be used to justify torture on the grounds that it is acceptable in response to certain situations. St Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) described 'jus ad bellum', the conditions that he believed has to be met for war to be justified. War has to be ordered by a legitimate authority, it must be waged for a just cause and the intention of those who wage war should be the triumph of good over evil (Almond, 1998, p197). Of course, the problem with utilizing this Just War theory is that fulfillment of the conditions is subjective. However, it is possible that torture could be morally justified using the Just War Theory if it was carried out by a legitimate government whose general aim is good and with the best of intentions.

The concept of proportionality is found in Acquinas' consideration of the Just War Theory. He argued that warring activity should be proportionate to the aggression made and therefore not excessive to that aggression. This would imply that torture, an extremely aggressive warring activity, would be ethically acceptable in response to extremely aggressive actions.

It can be argued that the intentions of a torturer make a difference to the moral value of the action of torture. In consequentialist theories of ethics, intention is important, as intention is what you hope to achieve by the action. For Kant, intention can make all the difference between morally correct behavior and morally incorrect behavior.

Ideology can play a part in legitimizing the use of torture. Ideology is the body of ideas and beliefs of a group, possibly religious, or nation (Maran, 1989, p11). If the ideology of the tortured is believed to be morally wrong and the act of torture prevents the spread of this ideology then torture can be deemed to be justified.

So, in conclusion, there are ethical theories that both state that torture can never be justified and those that state it can be, in different, varying circumstances.

Case Study: Torture in the Algerian War (1954-1962)

The aforementioned is an excellent overview, to which I will add a single additional though:

At the intersection of Utilitarianism and Consequentialism is the idea of Cost-Benefit constructs. This can also be called the Principle of Least Force or Minimalism. That is, for a given situation, the moral action for a specific outcome is the one requiring the least damage to society AND the individual. All actions that require more damage are immoral, even if they are somehow "more convenient" or accessible.

Naturally, this is difficult to qualify, as it requires the outcome to be measured, which may not be easy (or even possible to do). It also leaves the possibility that several avenues of action can achieve the same outcome at the same cost. However, it removes intention from the consideration of morality.

In this framework, torture's morality is dependent on the availability of other methods to achieve the goal, as well as the efficacy of the torture itself. But the costs of the torture (in both direct and indirect ones) are of critical importance as they are to be compared to the overall costs of alternative actions.

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Torture

How do you use the word torture in a sentence?

We will torture him to get the information we need.

Listening to Justin Bieber is a cruel form of torture.

You should not torture poor defenceless animals.

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Torture

How do you spell torture?

torture

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The Difference Between
Torture

What is the difference between authority and power as it relates to torture?

Power is the ability to get things done by others. The principle of power is to punish and reward. Power can exist with or without authority. For instance an armed robber has power but no authority. Whereas authority is the power to enforce law and take command, and to expect obedience from those without authority. Authority can exist with or without power, for example a teacher has authority over the pupils but no real power. Steven Lukes states that there is three dimensions of power, decision, non decision making and manipulating desires. In parliament when a law is being discussed by MP's and any other form of political group there must be a body which has power so that they can actually come to a decision.

Authority is basically the right to do something whereas power is the ability to do it or get it done, it can be said that authority is a form of legitimate power (CIMA,2010 Entreprise Management)


Authority is the ability to exercise power for enforcement. Power is the actual wielding of the authority.

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World War 2
Adolf Hitler
Torture

What did Hitler do to torture people?

how did Hitler torture people ?

HE would put the Jews in "workcamps"there they would work...till they were shot or died from hunger or illness not only Jews would go to workcamps there was a attack in the small town of Lidice and all the nonjewish people were taken to work camps othere then the blonde and light colord eye children.he would also put the Jews in gas chambers and let them die a slow and painful death.

In addition to that,many people were experimented on. Twins, triplets, ect were especially experimented on.

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World War 2
Holocaust
Germany in WW2
Judaism
Torture

What torture devices were used against the Jews in world war 2?

Bad music, uncomfortable furniture, dodgy spray tans, crowded bike paths. All these were used as torture devices.

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Peer Pressure
Torture

Is humiliation considered a form of torture?

Legally no, but it depends on the type of humiliation. There is sexual humiliation that could qualify as torture, but just public humiliation is not

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English to French
Torture

How do you say why do you enjoy torturing me in french?

Pourquoi aimez-vous me torturer ?

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History
Torture

Where did torture originate?

Matthew Cowley's front room. It has now been converted into an S and M room for him and his family to enjoy

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Torture

Is caning a torture in Singapore schools?

Caning do happen in schools, but only for very severe cases. I'd say its NOT a tourture.

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US Constitution
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Torture

This amendment guarantees there will be no cruel and unusual punishments such as torture?

8th Amendment (A+)

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