When faced with cruel and unusual crimes, our natural reaction is to demand cruel and unusual punishment. The problem is that even if this sentiment were morally correct, it is legally incorrect.
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Is it all right for the person to be paralyzed and in pain and know they are about to die for one minute? Five? Ten? An hour? Where do we draw the line?
What astonished me was not the Abu Ghraib torture, but the public's shock and dismay. How could people be so surprised when so many of the same practices had already happened here?
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