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Despite the unconstitutionality of the clinic, torture has experienced a presence during our country's history. In the Salem witch trials of 1692, in which Giles Corey was pressed to death, to the nineteenth century waterboarding of terrorist attacks, the United States hasn't always lived up to this perfect that torture should never be utilized for any function. The popular culture image of a guy being beaten by police officers at a locked room apart from public view is not just fiction but a semi-officially accepted way of 'getting the job done.' Alan Dershowitz describes this specific instance of " a case determined in 1984, [where] the Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit commended police officers who attempted a kidnapper into revealing the position of the victim (554)." While I agree that torture was not an acceptable way of extracting a confession from Mr. Corey, or finding terrorist data from the detainees in Guantanamo, I feel that legitimizing the use of torture in certain circumstances would cause an advancement of our present state of events. Accepting torture as an instrument to save lives is not the same as accepting torture as a great thing. Rather, accepting torture is a last resort to prevent the loss of innocent life when no other choices remain. Barbaric and unkind as it may be to deliberately cause pain to another human being, how much cuter and cruel is to forfeit the lives of some city's population? I can't imagine that even the most vocal critic of torture could permit their household to burn for the sake of preventing a temporary quantity of pain into the individual threatening to activate the explosion. Fortunately, these scenarios largely remain the province of Hollywood...