The “Ticking Bomb” metaphor was used to justify torture in certain extreme situations. It is a phrase that depicts a shortage of time and big threat ahead. There was a real-life Israeli case in 2014 where the “Ticking Bomb” scenario was utilized. During the early stages of the disappearance of three Israelis in the West Bank on June 12, 2014, there has been no evidence of whether the abduction was made by an Arab or Palestinian party yet. Still Israel excluded any criminal element and launched a military campaign that included the arrest of 300 Palestinians.
Before we dive into why a risk assessment is essential in today’s world, it is important to briefly define what a risk assessment is. A risk assessment is best defined as a systematic process of evaluating the potential risks that one encounter in a projected activity or undertaking. There are different types of risks spanning from security-related to physical and personal. For this answer, we will draw mainly from our expertise in the security industry. With that said, elements of a standard risk assessment include the following: