Ticking Bombs and Torture Warrants

John Kleinig

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    [The 'ticking bomb' argument is frequently advanced to justify the use of torture. But its terms can be taken either as setting the bar too high to justify any actual torture or alternatively as opening the door to torture in other cases as well. The paper explores both uses ofthe argument but suggests that any official sanctioning of torture is likely to erode moral constraints on its use. There are reasons why torture is special and, even if it will continue to occur, it should not be officially countenanced. This includes the use of torture warrants, supposedly intended to limit the frequency and severity of torture.]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)614-627
    Number of pages14
    JournalDeakin Law Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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