Defining Torture

Driving out the Snakes gives us some very easy to understand definitions of torture and what is acceptable and unacceptable treatment of enemy prisoners. Bottom line: “If you treat them as you would like to be treated were you captured or detained, then you will be treating them humanely.”

On interrogation:

If you suspect a captured or detained person is an enemy soldier or spy, you do not know that you are correct. That determination is made by specified personnel at a higher headquarters. You may question captives and detainees for military information of immediate value to your mission, but never use threats, torture, or other forms of coercion. An enemy captive is required to give you only his name, rank, service number, and date of birth.

Combat experience has proven that useful information has been gained from captives who have been treated humanely, while information gained through torture or coercion is unreliable.

Source? FM 27-2. (Via Shea).

2 thoughts on “Defining Torture

  1. Thanks for linking to my blog. For some reason many people think “torture” is hard to define. It’s really very simple: just follow the Golden Rule.

    If you would not want to be waterboarded if you are captured yourself, for example, then don’t do it to your prisoners. This is what the U.S. Army has taught for years.

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