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...
http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/wars/a/loac.htm http://www.icrc.org/eng/war-and-law/treaties-customary-law/geneva-conventions/index.jsp http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cat.htm http://usiraq.procon.org/sourcefiles/background_information_waterboarding.pdf
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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