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Torture is wrong no matter the situation

Torture is back on the agenda in the USA and UK. Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he agrees with torture, even though interrogation experts in the CIA and FBI have confirmed that torturing prisoners to extract information does not work.

The views expressed by a former senior Army officer, Colonel Bob Stewart, now a senior Conservative MP, that he “was a torturer” when he served in Northern Ireland are unacceptable and offensive to all those who value human rights.

He used the very flawed argument of the ticking bomb to justify torture in spite of its total prohibition by the UN Convention Against Torture.

He also outlined some of the methods he had used against prisoners in Northern Ireland.

Based on his own admissions, Mr Stewart should be charged with a variety of offences against persons in custody.

Torture and human rights abuses were never acceptable, whether they were committed by Roman emperors, Genghis Khan, the Spanish Inquisition, the Gestapo, the Army in Northern Ireland, or the US in Guantanamo Bay.

EDWARD HORGAN

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