Thursday, November 15, 2007

Here's the definition of torture. Next question

From dictionary.com


tor·ture
[tawr-cher] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -tured, -tur·ing.
–noun
1.the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.

2 comments:

SlagleRock said...

But waterboarding does not inflict pain, much less excruciating pain. It inflicts a very uncomfortable experience (the gag reflex) which in turn causes panic.

I think this definition is insufficient. Mock executions should qualify as torture, even though they don't involve the infliction of pain. And waterboarding may qualify as a mock execution, given the panic it induces.

Mike Darus said...

US Criminal Code definition of torture:

As used in this chapter—
(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;
(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—
(A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;
(B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;
(C) the threat of imminent death; or
(D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality; and
(3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.