Under the United States Bill of Rights as well as the United Nations Human Rights promulgation, torture is a prohibited method of treating prisoners as well as war and terrorist captives. Even with such promulgations and provisions in the constitution, many reports, images and testimonials have indicated that the US government still uses torture as a way of retrieving information from such captives. Most reports have specifically indicated the unworthiness of information obtained by such inhumane methods, yet numerous other reports and testimonials attest to the continued use of torture by the US in prisons, outside the nation’s borders as well as its silence on cases that have involved the use of torture by foreign governments considered its allies.
As expected, many government officials and law enforcement agencies have denied such allegations, even the president indicating that no one in custody would be subjected to any inhuman treatment under the duress of the law. There has however not been any indication of the president’s commitment to this statement given that he has been pushing the closure of Guantanamo Bay, a prison notorious for its torture allegations and holding of suspected terrorists. Given that the president had given the promise five years and has kept on postponing it, it sends the message that torture is not only covertly sanctioned by the government, but also undertaken by the same government that seems particular on denying claims of its involvement in torture. Therefore, while the government continues to deny claims of using torture for retrieval of information, numerous reports and testimonies paint a contrary picture. Consequently, if nothing is done, and fast, torture will continue to permeate the US law enforcement and justice system both at home and abroad.