Do the prisons of the liberal rule of law stand up to the endurance test of terrorist suicide bombers??
What for Jack Bauer, special agent of the CTU and action hero of the cult series "24", What has long been part of professional life, namely torturing or deliberately killing people in order to learn more about the nature and circumstances of possible attacks or to infiltrate criminal organizations instead, has so far been forbidden in a democratic constitutional state. Whether this will continue to be the case in the future or whether this practice will soon have to be changed has been the subject of heated and controversial debate in recent weeks, both on the opinion pages (Floskel; Pro; Kontra) and in the upscale German feuilleton (Ganz gleich zu welchem Zweck; Was verteidigen wir; Es geht ums Prinzip). At the heart of the matter has always been the question of whether, in order to prevent the deaths of hundreds of others, law enforcement officials should be legally and/or ethically permitted or even required to subject persons suspected of planning an assassination, of complicity or of assisting in it, to painful torture "Special treatment" to be subjected to.
As one of the means against terrorists, I consider torture or the threat of torture to be legitimate.