The "ticking bomb": a spurious argument for torture

Bob Brecher

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The so-called ticking bomb is invoked by philosophers and lawyers trying to justify, on behalf of their political masters, the use of torture in extremis. I show that the scenario is spurious; and that the likely consequences of the use of interrogational torture in such cases are disastrous. Finally, I test the argument against a real case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalTORTURE: Asian and Global Perspectives
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

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