Torture Religious Ethics and National Security

ISBN-10: 1570756074

ISBN-13: 9781570756078

Edition: 2005

Authors: John Perry

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Until recently, torture was chiefly associated with foreign juntas or other notorious human rights abusers. In light of the "war on terror" this has changed dramatically. Whether it is the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the policy of "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects into the hands of overseas interrogators, or questions regarding the authority of the U.S. President to take extreme measures for the sake of national security--suddenly the practice of torture has become a matter of urgent public debate. Reviewing the history and practice of torture, and the arguments used to justify it, Perry takes us into minds of both the torturers and their victims. Ultimately, showing why torture is different from other acts of war, and why it is fundamentally immoral: "not only because it violates the dignity we owe to the human person but also because it directly or indirectly degrades any society that would tolerate it."
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction : a Catholic perspective on torturep. 13
Why torture is different from other warlike actionsp. 25
Why torture?p. 45
Why torture is wrongp. 59
Torturersp. 81
The torturedp. 100
The church and torture in the twentieth centuryp. 115
Justice and forgivenessp. 135
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