I personally find it nauseating that anyone who claims to be an American justifies torture and other human rights atrocities. That's the mentality of mentally deranged neanderthals. And unfortunately, it's also the mentality of many in our hijacked government, all 3 branches.
The GC prohibits ANY coersion. Literally anything more than asking questions is illegal according to the GC.
Second, physical violence is always the last resort. There are other approaches that you want to attempt first.
And sure, the prisoner can lie, which is why you verify the information he gives you and if he is lying, you punish him for it.
"Torture", is thousands of years old. Its been perfected. If it was really as ineffective as some folks like to claim, it would have stopped being used centuries ago.
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2. Torture continues because people enjoy it, it creates the impression that something is being done, it is a way to express anger and hatred, and it is a form of terrorism against opponents.