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Why Not Torture Terrorists?Moral, Practical, and Legal Aspects of the "Ticking Bomb" Justification for Torture$

Yuval Ginbar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540914.001.0001

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(p.vi) Special Dedication

(p.vi) Special Dedication

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Why Not Torture Terrorists?
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Oxford University Press

A special dedication must, I feel, be made to the staff of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) who work tirelessly to protect the rights of Palestinian terrorist suspects, and did so during the darkest days of the Intifadah. Suicide bombers were then, at any given time, targeting civilians in Israel generally, and in Jerusalem, where PCATI is based, in particular. In dozens of cases their murderous plots succeeded; hundreds of civilians died. But while many, including human rights organizations, chose in the circumstances to give the issue of torture a wide berth, PCATI staff endeavoured to protect from torture every single human being, even ‘ticking bomb’ terrorists, for all they knew.

I believe that these and similar activists elsewhere are the real heroes of the ‘war on terror’. And they wield our most formidable weapon against the evil that is terrorism—our humanity.