And the reason such things occur is because we are dealing with an ugly world. Our international organizations refrain from designating an obvious ongoing massacre of people a genocide, because labeling it as such means that we are obligated to act. We can't afford to go on a global crusade in the first place, and in the second, "stability" and an attempt to keep from war often enough meant oppression, torture, and death for others. If we could start or lead an internal coup in another nation as an alternative to sending our troops into harms way...we do it. Congress authorized tens of millions of dollars just in 1998 to the internal overthrow of Hussein. Americans love their oil products, but love to pretend that we can get it simply by digging a 3ft hole in our backyards. We reject oppression, yet do what we have to keep the "peace" and provide that oil. Diplomats of foriegn enemy nations have been targetted by American sponsered hit squads just to ensure and end that is favorable to what we want to see.
"Torturing" an individual over informoation we more or less already know is small talk when considering what we have had to do over the last 69 years. People complain about our wars. But these wars and other events have kept us from the global catastrophies of the past.
But Americans can't be this blind. They simply wish to believe that it's an Oompa Loompa world and the American Willy Wonka is making black and white (right and wrong) decisions on their behalf. - The "Shining Capital on the Hill" thing and all.
You don't see Abu Ghraib as petty and stupid? Do not frat college kids perform similar stunts just to get pledged or to be hazed? That wasn't torture. That was senseless stupidity and unprofessionalism by a bunch of Reserve Army National Guardsmen who really had no business in Iraq in the first place.
The other aspect of this is after incarceration far from the field. Our intel circle gets information from international sources and have a good ieda of who they have in front of them. They know their comings and goings and their associates. They know what is in the works from one degree to another. People don't give this art enough credit. They don't just grab random people up and start with a clean slate of interrogation. For example...the terrorists that were arrested recently in Britian as they attempted to board airplanes wasn;t the end of the story. They were undoubtedly "pressed" for information in case something else unheard of was going on or was about to go on.
Every prisoner is afforded a Qu'ran and an appreciation to cultural and religious diet. This is afforded in Afghanistan. He is afforded his never ending prayers times throughout the day. This was at GITMO and in Abu Ghraib. Find such accomodations in foreign prisons. Of course, American politicians and foriegn critics found more interest in labels like "Gulag" and "Torture" and "Nazi" rather than portraying the situation with accuracy and honesty.