The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.
-- Gunnar Myrdal
The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.
-- Henry Kissinger
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no
account be allowed to do the job.
-- Douglas Adams
Just pointing out that "Two suns [sons] colliding in a black hole" sounds like an incestuous, interracial gay threesome to me.
During the Spanish Inquisition, when a prisoner was brought for questioning by the inquisitors, first the prisoner was shown the implements of torture and told in some detail how they would be used to extract a confession. A fair number of prisoners brought before the Inquisition "confessed" with just that little bit of "psychology."
A judicious and somewhat artful mixture of techniques is what will produce the most information--torture mixed with a bit of befriending, if you will.
The alternate construction for the question might go thus: could you apply torture techniques in an interrogation if those were the levers best calculated to unlock the malefactor's tongue? (Keep in mind that even Dear Leader acknowledges the efficacy of torture)
As for the rule #1, that's not a new rule--that was and should have been presumed from the beginning. Never presume you get a do-over.
I would be happy to demonstrate on you for your education.
Thank You Barack Obama for Restoring Honor To The Presidency.
President Obama will rank as one of our greatest presidents!
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
There were people during this time that admitted to being witches to escape torture and even proclaiming their fake devotion to Jesus. All done to escape torture and none the truth.
Can the torturers be as creative as possible as long as they simply don't cause any lasting physical harm?
"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
This is hardly a question about torture. Instead it's a question on family morals. Anybody with a family should be expected to answer "yes". Me loving my family causes me to be clouded with hatred. If this question was about policy, not family I think the results would be much different. However, to answer your question: Yes I would torture a thug to save a family member. However, let it be known that I do not advocate torture but am tied by polarizing emotions. Call me a hypocrite.