I haven't weighed in on this whole torture thing yet. I want to go on record as opposing it. I don't think there is any place for it in what we like to think is a civilized country.
Put your self in the place of the victim. Did you ever dive to the bottom of a big pool, near the drain, and then you realized that you've stayed too long and you're not sure if you can make it back to the top to get that next valuable breath?
I can imagine fighting the urge to breathe is almost intolerable. And then when you think you're about there, they drive that trocar into that little soft spot in the top of your head and suck your brains into a sink. Man, if you could have made it another 4 inches down the birth canal you could have been alive.
In history, a citizenry that keeps quiet about evils, is how certain evil men have gained power.
Oh, on the other torture thing, so long as we allow the above, it doesn't really matter what else we do.