Not only was former President George W. Bush criticized for "authorizing torture," his critics argued that "torture doesn't work." During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said: "Torture is how you get bad information, not good intelligence. ... No more secret authorization of methods like simulated drowning. When I am President, America will once again be the country that stands up...
These so-called "techniques" were and are legally and morally wrong. Thos who suggest lopping off body parts and similar techniques as an acceptable practice for "interrogation" should seek professional medical psychological assistance immediately: there's something deeply wrong with you. More importantly, these efforts were and are a tactical and strategic error for which all involved should be punished.
In "Zero Dark Thirty," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the first scenes shows a terrorist being waterboarded, where useful information gets extracted. The movie thus asserts the controversial practice leads to actionable intelligence.
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