Poll: Can torture ever be justified?


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The release of the CIA ‘torture report’ has received widespread condemnation, both in the USA and around the world.

Despite being heavily censored, it revealed that the US had used brutal  “enhanced interrogation” techniques, and to no effect. These techniques included waterboarding, "rectal feeding" and detainees being made to stand on broken limbs.

However, the criticism hasn’t been universal. Writing for Fox, former US Army officer Ralph Peters said of the practices: “They may have been harsh, but the times and our enemies were and are immeasurably harsher”. 

But do you think torture can ever be justified? Let us know by taking our poll below: