After listening to the recent news regarding this subject, and accepting that most governments and security departments are guilty of it, can it ever be justified?
For example, if they have a suspect in custody, that they know has planted a bomb on the metro, is it enough just to ask him nicely over a cup of tea & a biscuit where he's planted it? Hundreds could die if it's not found. Is that a price worth paying? Imagine if someone you loved was killed in such an action. would that change your views?
A highly controversial subject I know, to be perfectly honest I don't know where I stand on this. I can't imagine how awful it would be if the authorities had the wrong person. I'm also aware that it is rare that any useful information is declared during torture as the victim will say what he thinks you want to hear at that moment, anything to stop the pain.
Should the 'West' take the high ground when dealing with organisations like ISIS, whilst they kidnap, torture and behead their victims?
It would be interesting to hear different views on this. Is this the right forum for this?