Examine the case of the prosecution and the defense. Then decide: Which side are you on?
Was The Use Of Torture Legal?
The Amboyna controversy hinges on the difficult question of legal torture. The vast majority of confessions in the Amboyna case were obtained via the use of torture. The accused denied all knowledge of the case but were waterboarded until they confessed. The controversy centers on two points. First, was torture used correctly and legally in Amboyna? Second, was waterboarding a reliable mechanism for interrogation? The Prosecution argues that waterboarding was a uniquely moderate form of interrogation that cannot properly be labeled as torture and which can be relied upon to produce accurate information. For the Defense, waterboarding was a brutal torture that generated unreliable information because the victim would say anything to make it stop.