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Better Options Than Torture

Recent real life discussions about "enhanced interrogation" has made me less tolerant of the use of torture in fiction.

I was irritated when torture was used in the Vorkosigan Saga, on top of use of a supposedly irresistible truth drug.

On the positive side:
There was an episode of "Bones" where they captured a serial killer and it was suggested that torture be used by a military advisor. Fortunately they used science instead and deduced the necessary information from the evidence.

"Lie To Me" is even better. The head guy in that show was able to interrogate a known bomber and find the location of the bomb without touching the man, even though the suspect had been told by his lawyer not to talk. The suspect did talk, to deny things, but even that gave the interrogator accurate information.

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I've always understood that people will tell you anything under torture, so it's not a reliable way to get information. Not only is it reprehensible, it isn't even that useful. I'm disgusted that the USA used it at all.