Krauthammer's Theoretical Analysis

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Later in his article, Krauthammer introduces his idea of the “slower- five high- value terrorist” (6). In his explanation, he touches upon the detainment and use of waterboarding (a torture technique) by U.S. government officials on the al Qaeda’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. According to Krauthammer, Mohammed held knowledge about about the al Qaeda, including “plans, identities, contacts, materials, cell locations, safe houses, cased targets, etc” (Krauthammer, 4). Essentially, the extent of information that Mohammed knew in regards to al Qaeda would allow the American government to terminate the organization all together. However, in order to force Mohammed to confess this inforation, the U.S government officials would have to resort to torture.

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