The test of any civilized society is the respect that society shows for the wellbeing of individual citizens. The struggle for the people’s rights has been taking place for centuries to establish the rule of law. Centuries ago, British courts began to reject evidence taken under torture. Through last century, most countries banned torture and the United Nations passed conventions outlawing any form of torture. The professors at Deakin University, who affirm that torture should be authorized under certain circumstances, forget that you can never be sure that it will result in something positive. The person being tortured would say anything he could to stop the torture.

According to a survey carried out by the New York University Center, most senior members of the CIA and the FBI believe that torture is an inefficient way to obtain reliable information. In addition, many soldiers think this method puts them at risk since the treatment of prisoners in a conflict is based on reciprocity. Professor Bagaric’s comparison between torture and self-defense is absurd. If someone points a gun at a person’s head, there would be no doubt about his guilt. It is not the case of someone who is arrested in the context of the preparation of an attack. The law professor also affirms that by authorizing torture under certain circumstances its illegal practice would stop, but nothing can prove that argument right. There will always be people who go beyond the limits.

Going in that direction, saying that the end justifies the means, we would erase centuries of struggle for our rights.

The Age (Australia)

" An argument that fails the test of civilised society ", by Malcolm Fraser, The Age, May 18, 2005.