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CIA’s Post 9/11 Torture Program

by on December 9, 2014

Today, the Senate Report was released to expose the torture program the CIA implemented after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. There is five years behind this report of detainees being shipped to foreign prisons called “blacksites”and exposed to various forms of torture. This lengthy report reveals the “un-American” practices we quickly judge other countries for, yet we are still responsible for similar actions. While there are different motives and reasonings behind the CIA’s decision, it still rests as an unethical and unmoral thing to do.

Because these programs were put in place after the devastating 9/11 attacks, you can see how rage and pride would seem to justify these programs. However, I believe that they are extremely controversial. The definition for the term “terrorism” is, “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims,” according to the Wester Dictionary. While this word resonates with the American people, this report is now giving a different perspective to how we enable terrorism for our on political and personal gains. I believe that those who pose a threat to our country and our citizen’s safety should absolutely fear punishment. But by no means is it humane to torture humans. Point blank. Whether they are from foreign countries or our own, I do not believe that it is morally correct to punish other humans through means of scrutinizing torture like they do to us.

Like Ghandi says, “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” This quote has never been more true. If America wants to be the one of the leading nations in the world then reconstructing how we deal with criminals and terrorists needs to drastically change. Whether its on home turf or from foreign threats, why should we even consider torture? What is humane about that?

As a reporter, I would expose all of the pieces of the puzzle. The American public should be aware of the power the CIA has behind closed doors. Because quite frankly, this is terrorism.

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One Comment
  1. alindsay579 permalink

    I agree. The American public must know what is going on within our government. The fact that this reveal of the torture reports hasn’t received enough attention boggles my mind. Overall, I feel that we as reporters must use this as a stepping stone for other reporting on government mishandling. We should be noted as the watchdogs for the powerful, and must do so by reporting on these sort of subjects.

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