The CIA’s torture program has been inhumane and unethical, and its perpetrators must be punished, argues John Kiriakou of Truth Dig. Currently, there are two major lawsuits against former CIA contractors who spread immeasurable suffering. Accused men were flown around the world and tortured without trial. Several of them turned out to have no connection to terrorism, but still underwent this nightmare. Their human rights to a fair trial were violated, which even the CIA has understood, no longer defending the contractors. The U.S. post-9/11 hysteria created may innocent victims. The practice of torture must come to an end.
Decrying torture as a uniquely heinous crime ignores the suffering that the U.S. government causes routinely by dropping bombs that kill and maim innocent men, women and children, believes Sam Harris of the Huffington Post. Society fails to empathize with the immeasurable pain caused by ‘collateral damage,’ focusing on the inhumanness of torture. If human suffering is the main factor, American bombing campaigns are its biggest cause. Torture seems to evoke a more personal and gruesome image in the human mind, which bombs seems to lack. It is hypocritical to prioritize halting torture when far more suffering is doled out by bombs.