Is the US helping spread torture? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 06.05.07 | 23:04 (IDT)

    "For the purposes of this Convention, the term "torture" means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him.." - Article 1.1 of Convention against Torture The definition of "torture" is not specific enough; it does not describe particular methods of interrogation. The Israeli Supreme Court is in the forefront of this issue, having to forbid particular acts. This may help the international justice system in way of a reasonable precedent. But on the other side of the globe there is the US, which officially allows "waterboarding", causing the victim to have a sense of drowning, among other type of pain. Is waterboarding torture or not? Perhaps the Shin Bet looks at the US precedent and allows itself its own interpretation. I hope the Israeli Supreme Court takes another look and decide again what "torture" means.

    from the article: Rights groups: Shin Bet torturing jailed Palestinians
    First published 00:00 06.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 06.05.07
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