International Affairs Prof.: Torture Is Not a Counterterrorism Tool
July 5, 2016
Contact: University Relations
Writing in The Hill, University of Baltimore School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan says that recent calls for the use of torture to stop terrorism are counterproductive, and will strengthen the enemy's resolve.
"Simply put: Torture makes for bad counterterrorism. Whatever its merits in terms of intelligence, the overall effect of torture is counterproductive," Sheehan writes. "When you brutalize the enemy, there are negative consequences. And the implications can be long-lasting. Consider that the anger born during the period of U.S. occupation continues to have security implications in the present."
Read the op-ed.