Unless you are being tortured.
For the principle of the torturer is simple. Like retrieving a clenched gem by breaking the hand, obtaining prized information is presumed to be easy if you have the means to dissolve the will, to so disorient and fracture the fragile "self" that the interrogated loses even the barest sense of time, place or purpose. Then, having effectively demolished sanity itself, the prizes should fall free.
But, frankly, all that can be got by such means are the rantings of a desperate madman.
What do you obtain if the interrogated was already schizophrenic?
What do you say to a man whom you had to torture to find out he was the wrong guy?
What does his village want to say to you?
Now, gentle reader, I imagine you don't count yourself among the "you" addressed by those questions. You have not acquiesced to your government's policies in matters of interrogation. At least I trust that you are not among those who speak publicly in favor of torture, demonstrating completely numb conscience and more than a little lack of imagination:
- Michael Savage on torture.
- Ann Coulter on torture
- Rush Limbaugh on torture:
- And slimiest of all, Jonah Goldberg, torturing logic and his readers to argue we should feel uncertain about the evils of torture in the midst of his paean to the utility of dogmatism. This guy just sucks and his cattle prod has a shift key!