In the modern world, torture is almost universally condemned by civilized nations and societies as a barbaric practice. Yet even in modern times, torture still occurs, and with much greater frequency than the average person would feel comfortable accepting. Despite the commonly held opinion, at least among Americans, that the United States is the world leader when it comes to freedom, liberty, and individual rights, torture has been and does continue to be practiced in and by the United States of America.

Torture has been used throughout history. The ancient Egyptians ...

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