We in the USA have once again been reminded of inappropriate treatment of prisoners. I was about to post pictures, but this issue has been exhaused the last time these pictures where published ---- see link on the word Torture above. Also see a good blog discussion with pictures on The Jawa Report: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/063369.php
There is a significant difference (a scientific term for a construct) between torture committed by communist, theocratic and just plain "strong men" regimes. Idi Amin dada comes to mind with his 50,000 bodies floating down the river.
So, lets begin a discussion instead when inhumane treatment or movements are considered "torturous". This should be interesting. Please excuse some of the possible simplistic contrasts--these are just to begin the discussion.
1. Ages of the individuals involved. Someone said in a blog that existing in feces is torture. "Parents" sometimes allow children to remain in this condition because of ignorance, or they are too busy watching TV, drinking or on drugs. Torture?
2. Can children torture? Remember the 5 year old dangled out the Chicago building, then let go to his death?
3. Can a person torture himself? Work long hours, climb a mountain in sub-zero temperatures? Compete in dangerous sport like boxing, football (american), or rugby? How about "running of the bulls"?
4. Is torture to be defined only between human beings? How about other animals? Can two animals torture each other?
5. Now for the issues of today: When, on the battlefield, does combat end, and the possibility of torture begin? Remember, captured enemy combatants are not "criminals", but interrupted enemy combatants.
6. Is it torture if no one ever finds out or the event is not reported?
7. Can torture be torture in one culture and not another. Which culture trumps?
All these and more questions are involved in the question. In addition, unfortunately, the definition has been used and is being used for political points by people like Senators Kennedy and Durban recently.