If you're not familiar with the concept of the ticking time bomb scenario than quite simply it's a justification for torture:
I know what you're thinking, why the need to justify torture? Surely any human would turn their back on such tactics. But that's the time we live in, so desperate are we to protect our 'freedoms' (read:ourselves) and strike pre-emptively that we need to come up with a method to our madness.
The logic being that if you had a terrorist who knew the whereabouts of a deadly, killing device and you had five minutes to find out where it was to save the world, that torture would be perfectly acceptable. This is then used as a thin edge of the wedge to make the point that in some cases, torture is justified.
It's like a dot-to-dot but a really nasty one, perhaps the finished picture is the crushing of a child's genitals to extract the needed info.
All's fair right?
I stumbled upon this twisted justification as it is the driving concept behind a new play I'm starring in, which I'll tell you all about later but it's lead me to go into further depth on 'torture theories' and the whole science behind the use of torture.
I can't believe these are the times we live in.
Would you torture?