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(The New York Times)   US informs Russia that since it doesn't officially torture or kill prisoners, Snowden has no claim to asylum   (nytimes.com ) divider line
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2013-07-28 01:06:48 AM  

m00: Syria doesn't torture criminals. Syria may subject them to treatment that would appear to be torture, such as torturing them to death, but it's not part of their sentence so it's not torture.

Just pointing out the logical flaw there. :p


It's not a logical flaw - that's a crucial part of the definition of torture. If the actions in question aren't being done as part of a punishment or interrogation, or out of some other hostile intent directed towards the inmates in question, then it can't really be considered "torture".
 
2013-07-28 03:12:02 AM  

Biological Ali: m00: Syria doesn't torture criminals. Syria may subject them to treatment that would appear to be torture, such as torturing them to death, but it's not part of their sentence so it's not torture.

Just pointing out the logical flaw there. :p

It's not a logical flaw - that's a crucial part of the definition of torture. If the actions in question aren't being done as part of a punishment or interrogation, or out of some other hostile intent directed towards the inmates in question, then it can't really be considered "torture".


It was how the Torture Memos got started, so it's a very VERY critical part of the definition. And yes, when someone claims asylum, it does in fact become part of the consideration. You should know by now I rarely say things just to hear myself talk.
 
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