DEFINITION: "1 (a). Infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion. 1 (b). An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain. 2. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony: the torture of waiting in suspense. 3. Something causing severe pain or anguish." (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language. Fourth Edition. 2000. Available online: http://www.bartleby.com/reference/ )
NARROW THE TOPIC:
How can we define political torture?
Should torture be used in instances of national security?
What is the recent history of the use of torture?
What are the ethical issues related to torture?
Does torture happen in the United States?
What is psychological torture and when has it been used?
Are prisoners of war tortured?
Is torture ever justified?
When is torture found in domestic abuse?
What can American and British military do to prevent more torture incidents like the ones alleged in Iraqi prisons?
Are prison and police detention forms of legal torture?
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SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES:
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib [videorecording] / HBO Documentary Films presents ; a Moxie Firecracker production ; director/producer, Rory Kennedy ; producer, Liz Garbus ; writer/producer, Jack Youngelson ; produced in association with the Fledgling Fund.
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[United States] : HBO Video, 
Call #: DS79.76 .G46 2007
Location: DVDs - Media Center
Abolition democracy : beyond empire, prisons, and torture / interviews with Angela Y. Davis.
by Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
New York : Seven Stories Press, c2005.
Call #: E185.61 .D38 2005
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GOOGLE SCHOLAR: allintitle: torture (results limited to results with the word "torture" in the title)
SUGGESTED INTERNET SITES:
Google results [torture site:www.state.gov] - all of the results originate from the United States Department of State
Google results [torture site:www.un.org] - all of the results originate from the United Nations
Human Rights Watch [http://www.hrw.org/]
CITING YOUR SOURCES:
Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]
The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)
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