Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Simon


This paper looks at the acceptability of torture as a national security policy to combat terrorism. This paper finds that torture is an ineffective and unconstitutional practice. It also explains that torture infringes upon the most basic human rights as well as basic democratic rights. The legalization of torture for antiterrorism would lead to the expansion of torture in the future as society became more accepting of torture. The legalization of torture could increase the amount of torture that occurs across the globe because the United States often sets global precedents. Finally, this paper explains that a national security option must be found that places the loss of some liberties on all those who enjoy the benefits.