American Cinema In The 1950s (So...Would You Have Named Names ) – Essay Example
Forced to Testify I believe that had I been put in the situation where I was forced to testify, I would refuse to do so. I feel that a forced testimony is no testimony at all and in my personal opinion, testimony which is forced or obtained from a person who is not willing to give it should be doubtful when it comes to the law. Unless the person is shown to be lying outright, forcing out a testimony is perhaps not ethical at all. At the same time, I do believe that it would take a lot of courage, stamina and will power in order to keep testimony and names hidden while a person is being forced to give them up.
I do not think that I would have given names unless the names were being demanded under torture. I firmly believe that no person can withstand torture, mental or physical and every person has a breaking point that can be reached sooner or later with enough pressure and time. Therefore, if I was being tortured or placed under the threat of torture or grievous bodily harm, then to preserve my life I would have to give up the names demanded of me without hesitation since I know that with torture, that information could easily be extracted even though it may be considered unreliable (Horton, 2009). This also brings up a rather interesting question. If you were put in charge of an investigation, would you be willing to use torture to extract information which is vitally important for your objectives?
Horton, S. 2009, ‘Information Secured Through Torture Proved Unreliable, CIA Concluded’, [Online] Available at: http://www.harpers.org/archive/2009/03/hbc-90004644