Why Not Torture Terrorists?
Moral, Practical and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture
Table of Contents
Foreword, Sir Nigel Rodley
Part I: Private Morality: Is it Morally Justifiable for an Individual to Torture a Terrorist in Order to Save Many Innocent Lives?
2. The wider moral Issue: Do consequences or 'no go areas' determine what is ethical in an extreme situation?
3. Consequentialist argument for torturing in a ticking bomb situation
4. The minimal absolutist approach I: anti-absolutism as morally untenable
5. The minimal absolutist approach II: Arguments for an absolute prohibition on torture
Part II: Public, Practical Morality: Is it Morally Justifiable for a State to Torture in Order to Save Many Innocent Lives?
7. Is there a 'public morality' that is distinct from 'private morality'?
8. 'Slippery slope' and other dangers
Part III: Legalising Torture 1 - Four Models
10. The Landau model in Israel
11. The 'torture warrants' model
12. Israel's High Court of Justice model
13. The USA's 'high value detainees' model
Part IV: Legalising Torture 2 - Three Issues
15. Is it (internationally) legal? Is it torture?
16. The 'defence of necessity' model as legal grounds for torture
Part V: Conclusions