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Speech on Enhanced Interrogative Techniques

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I love the initiative and steps that the CIA and the militia have taken to make sure we are living in a safe world. Everyone knows very clearly that the world is full of terror. Men and women in CIA choose to keep their differences aside and come together and unite, against all the odds, and fight battles, risk their life's and go days without food to help us live in a peaceful world. These men have been applying various techniques in their jurisdiction to get the people responsible for the terror attacks behind bars. The use of enhanced interrogation techniques was the most talked about method. We have all head the different reactions this topic. In 2008, the President, Barrack Obama, burnt the use of these interrogative techniques. In the just concluded presidential elections, the current president wants these techniques to be used. What should be our stand in this case? This brings me to my topic, should we burn the use of these techniques or make them prevail?

Whoever is listening to this, whatever tribe you are, your religion, your race or your skin color, we all want the best out of our self and our families, watching a relative going through pain for a mistake he or she has no idea about is painful. Again watching how the victims of terror are suffering could lead to a bitter feeling and acceptance of any torture directed to the suspects. You would not care what the suspects are taken through provided you see justice tabled for you. But again, having in mind that these suspects are human, and they may not be the people responsible. This could be a wrong way deal with them.

There are more than thirteen interrogative techniques the CIA uses. Among them is attention grasp, which is characterized by holding detainees by their collar and pulling him closer to get this attention (Rizzo). Other techniques are dietary manipulation, the facial holding, slap and the insult slap, st6ress position sleep depreciation, wall standing and walling, waterboarding and water dousing. They were mostly used to torture members of the extremist group Al Qaeda.

Not everything bad is really bad. It depends on how you as an individual view it. In my thinking, the enhanced interrogative techniques have some advantage in it. Many detainees taken through this ended up giving useful information. It also helps to scare away the people who are about to join the terror groups.

People like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an al Qaeda leader. Was taken through torture to cooperate and give information about the terror group. The extreme torture at some point never gave any fruitful outcomes. Taking an example of Zubaydah, who was taken through waterboarding and ended up being unresponsive (Rizzo). Khaled Sheik Mohammad was also water-boarded 65 times but never gave any clear response. A significant disadvantage of torture in interrogation is that the detainee may end up dead without providing any information. The detained can also get resistant and choose never to provide any information. According to Feinstein, the use of torture has a bad image on the US history and values; this is due to the mass murder and endless wars in the name of revenge.

Lastly, for me, I cannot stand and watch a friend grabbed by his cooler, locked in a box for 24 hours with some insects in it, slammed on a concrete wall and going through the pain of waterboarding all in the name of interrogation. The enhanced interrogative methods are inhumane and not helpful. Just imagine walling a fellow human being who you are not sure whether he/she is involved in the incident or not. I am against the proposal to use these techniques on the Islamic extremist. They are human too, and there must be other ways of dealing with them.



Anderson, N. B. (n.d.). Letter to Dianne Feinstein regarding McCain-Feinstein amendment language reaffirming the prohibition on torture of detainees in U.S. custody. PsycEXTRA Dataset. doi:10.1037/e526202015-001

John Rizzo: The Legal Case for "Enhanced Interrogation". (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2017, from

Press, A. (2014, December 10). These Are The 13 'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques' The CIA Used On Detainees. Retrieved November 21, 2017, from


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