It’s such a common view that it almost seems silly to share it, but here goes: I’m deeply troubled by the choice of our government to use “aggressive interrogation” techniques in extracting information from suspected terrorists. I’m OK with the threat of execution as a punishment, when it is truly warranted, but the cruelty of torturing someone to deliberately inflict pain is simply evil, and those who conduct such exercises are likely to be threats to the rest of society, in my opinion. The implementation of secret tribunals and grotesque cruelty to prisoners is one of the historic warning signs of a nation in decay. Once basic principles can be ignored because the “end justifies the means,” the end is truly near – the end of liberty and domestic tranquility, among others.
Captain Moroni in the Book of Mormon was tough on traitors: “shape up or be executed.” But he did not torture them, and once they made an oath to repent, they and other former enemies were treated with generosity. He despised bloodshed and, implicitly, abuse of human rights.
When we apply the tactics of the Evil One in the name of fighting evil, we simply stir up more enemies to carry out their version of fighting evil against us. Everyone is fighting evil in their own way, which is the problem. Evil must be opposed in the Lord’s way for their to be lasting hope. And torture doesn’t fit.