Well let’s see. The deeper I decide to dig into whether there’s any legitimate ground for torture to occupy, the more brutality and demons I end up discovering. And then I think that’s as satanic as it goes, then there come even more diabolical forms of torture that I can never fully grasp on how any human can pull her/himself to inflict such terror on another.
I use to remain safe in the grey area when it comes down to the debate between National security versus Human rights, because as much as I believed the absolute (redundant, I know, but somehow people care to dismiss the absolute nature of the term ‘universality’) universality of inalienable rights is what upholds human rights. In addition, I believed the dire need to protect and secure the nation that stands to ensure the rights of its people, which is at the end, the first step to guarding human rights. But how will we know if that first step is truly for national security when people who are held captive are one – far from terrorists (by definition people who use fear and violence against the public to make political statements), and two – yet proven to be one, if the government if even considering investigating (because mostly, all they do is torture to get the confession. There’s a reason confession made under circumstances which harms or threatens the suspect is considered illegally obtained evidence, thus neutralised. It’s a subtly different battle I’m fighting. I’m fighting for people who are convicted before proven guilty. I’m fighting for those who are raped, beaten, or killed in the process of “investigation”. Most importantly, I’m fighting for the people, the citizens of those two-faced governments who are capable of doing such demonic things to their own people. Whether you like it or not, those who are tortured right now were once one of you, and then who knows? You could be the next one in that cell.