- Title Pages
- Special Dedication
- Table of Cases
- Table of Treaties and Statutes
- List of Abbreviations and General Notes
- 1 Part I—Introduction
- 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
- 6 Part I—Conclusions
- 7 Part II—Introduction
- 8 Is there a ‘Public Morality’ that is Distinct from ‘Private Morality’?
- 9 ‘Slippery Slope’ and Other Dangers
- 10 Part II—Conclusions
- 11 Part III—Introduction
- 12 The Landau Model in Israel
- 13 The ‘Torture Warrants’ Model
- 14 Israel's High Court of Justice Model
- 15 The USA' ‘High Value Detainees’ Model
- 16 Part III—Conclusions
- 17 Part IV—Introduction
- 18 Is it (Internationally) Legal? Is it Torture?
- 19 The ‘Defence of Necessity’ as Legal Grounds for Torture
- 20 Part IV—Conclusions
- 21 Conclusions
- Annex The ‘Ticking Bomb’ Scenario—a Few Examples
- (p.157) 10 Part II—Conclusions
- Why Not Torture Terrorists?
- Oxford University Press
This chapter concludes the discussion of the ticking bomb question as one of public, practical morality. Introducing torture into the interrogation rooms of modern democracies is fraught with dangers of torture expanding beyond the confines of a ticking bomb situation (TBS), in particular in view of fears of ‘mega-terrorism’ such as nuclear attacks, and its effects reaching far beyond the immediate context, reversing the means-end relationship between citizen and state which is at the foundations of democracy and leading to ‘no holds barred’ wars in which terrorists thrive. States introducing or maintaining a minimal absolutist prohibition on torture may thus not be able to guarantee us absolute safety from terrorists, but no torturing state has been able to do that either, and we will at least be absolutely safe, in this respect, from abuse by our own state.
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