The groups that capture our troops routinely cut off heads. I can't imagine it getting much worse.Actually, this proves it CAN work. It doesn't prove it "does" work, as does suggests it works across the board all the time.
I think MOST reasonable people can accept that intense interrogation, mild torture, or even extreme torture can all yield legitimate results. As I've stated repeatedly, we would not put our own men in the military through things such as waterboarding and other things in preparation for being able to withstand it if captured if there wasn't a chance that they could give out legitimate information.
However, the question comes as follows:
1. Does it yield enough legitimate information on a consistant enough basis that it is worth it.
2. Does the damage to our integrety as a nation and world standing outweight the potential gains of using such techniques in light of #1.
3. Are there more effective ways to retrieve said information that is less questionable and has less effect in regards to #2.
4. Does the potential for over reliance on a tactic whose information may yeild a high amount of false positives outweight the benefit of the legitimate information we can recieve.
5. Does the use of such techniques raise the likihood that our soldiers in future wars against groups that previously did not routinely use such techniques or worse will be subject to such techniques due to the expectation that the U.S. will be doing it to theirs?
These are some of the questions I think one must begin to ask themselves once they accept the fact that it IS possible to get legitimate worth while information from not just these kind of techniques but even full out universally held acts of "torture" but also accept the fact that such a process is far from a perfect form of gaining information that does have at least POTENTIAL pitfalls.