So the day has come you guys…this will most likely be my last blog post EVER! I’ll sign off with the typical “It’s not you, it’s me” kinda thing and just state that in the beginning of the year I was so psyched to try this whole blog idea out but now I’m not really feeling it. Before I reveal to you the topic of the day, I just want to state something. From the beginning of the year until now, A LOT has changed. My taste in music, entertainment, music etc. I mean, if you check out my first blog post: Top 8 bands; you would be surprised to know that I don’t listen to ANY of them anymore (except for maybe the occasional babymetal). Due to the influences of my friends, I have upgraded to kpop and currently listens to bands like BTS, Block B, Twice, Seventeen, and One OK Rock.
From the beginning of the year until now, A LOT has changed. My taste in music, entertainment, music etc. I mean, if you check out my first blog post: Top 8 bands; you would be surprised to know that I don’t listen to ANY of them anymore (except for maybe the occasional babymetal). Due to the influences of my friends, I have upgraded to kpop and currently listens to bands like BTS, Block B, Twice, Seventeen, and One OK Rock.
I’m not as shy as I used to be and I can actually hold a conversation with a stranger without cowering in fear. Anyways, what I’m trying to get at this is that a lot can change in just the span of one year.
So let’s get started with my topic! Just a general announcement: I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER NOR DO I HAVE ANY INTENTIONS OF BECOMING ONE! In my opinion, the psychology of torture and what drives a killer to kill interests me. So when we had to do an editorial on something I chose to write about the psychology of torture. So, here it is!
The Devastating Impact of Torture
Is torture really worth the aftermath of the victim’s mental health? Torture is not a foreign term to America-as well as the rest of the world, with the first record of this abuse taking place in the Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu (or about 21 century bc). While Obama done his best to ban this atrocious act, a new setback approaches; Although the man running our office now believes that torture is an efficient method, has anyone ever questioned the well being of the victims?
The reason for torture has always been the same: to inflict pain to the victims. With torture methods like Rat Torture, Waterboarding, and Saw Torture, it seems as if the persecutors tends to show no mercy on their victims and it looks as if they’re not backing down now. “Amir was a salesman before being arrested and taken to the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003…he was forced to lay down in urine and feces, stay naked in his cell for days, and ‘howl like dogs do’ while being pulled by a dog leash…he was also sodomized with a broomstick and had is genitals stepped on.”( Elizabeth Landau). Unfortunately, this is just one of the horrible acts that had occurred in this prison, with some tragic accidents like breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on the defenseless detainees and using guard dogs to intimidate and threaten the inmates. How can we call ourselves an affectionate society if we maltreat one another like this? More importantly, How might torture affect the mental health of the victims?
Torture has a big impact on the well being of the victims. Just imagine being in total isolation, for months-maybe even years, experiencing pain day and night. What would happen when you finally get rescued and released back into the free world? What psychological impact would that create on the victim? In Amir’s case “It’s like in my head I have never left Abu Ghraib,” Experts states that the psychological effects of torture can often be worse than physical effects. The victim could never recover from the mental pain, and in the end, would be in so much despair that they could take their own lives. Torture victims could develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, social withdrawal, confusion, sleep problems as well as an impaired immune system, and have a higher chance of cancer.” ( Elizabeth Landau). Is all that physical and psychological suffering worth whatever the torturer is trying to receive?
Imagine tying a victim to a table with nothing but a rat in a cage lying on the victim’s stomach. Imagine lighting a fire near the cage and watching the victim scream in agony, begging for the pain to stop. Imagine going home with the heavy feeling of guilt. All of this just for a bit of information?!? How would you even know if the information is reliable? “Anything said under duress is inherently unreliable. Even tactically, let alone morally, this is a problem.” (Jason Burke ) There is nothing that the torturer has to gain from committing these horrendous acts. What can we do to stop torture?
“By insisting that lawyers are present during interrogations. That doctors are on hand to examine detainees. That confessions obtained by torture can’t be used as evidence in courts. That detainees are allowed to see their families. And by insisting that anyone who is involved in torture is brought to justice.” (Katharine Derderian). This is a brilliant idea, not only does it keep the victim sane, but the victim would be more likely to talk.
Being a deeply caring person with good morals, this topic is very intriguing to me. Back when Obama was in the presidency, he tried to ban torture and close down the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, which could have possibly saved lives; but with Donald Trump in office, things could change for the worst.
Burke, Jason. “Does Torture Work – and Is It worth the Cost?” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 26 Jan. 2017. Web. 25 May 2017.
Williams, Amanda C De C, and Jannie Van Der Merwe. “The Psychological Impact of Torture.” British Journal of Pain. SAGE Publications, 13 May 2013. Web. 25 May 2017.
Powell, Devin. “The Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA).” The Lingering Effects of Torture — The Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA). ABC News, 3 July 2009. Web. 25 May 2017.
Landau, Elizabeth. “Torture’s Psychological Impact ‘often Worse’ than Physical.” CNN. Cable News Network, 22 May 09. Web. 25 May 2017.