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Argument: If torture were legal in any circumstances, it would be institutionalized in destructive ways

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  • "What about the Ticking Bomb Scenario?". Evangelicals for Human Rights. Retrieved 12.5.07 - "Arriga’s most original insights concern the unintended but likely institutional consequences that can and often do flow from a torture regime. For example, medical and psychological practitioners become involved in enhancing and medically managing torture techniques, thereby risking the corruption of these institutions which are supposed to serve as agents of healing—or evoking their opposition. Biomedical specialists are recruited to study and develop torture, and torture resistance, techniques. Special torture interrogation units are established, with training in especially sophisticated methods of torture and a consequent demoralization and negative effect on other governmental and security institutions."


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