The robbers tied him up, knocked some of his teeth out and pierced his legs with a screwdriver to find out where he stashed his valuables.Why would they bother with such a thing? Didn't they know that torture is an ineffective method of getting useful information? Haven't they been listening to pundits, bloggers and interrogation "experts"? Why would they waste their time? I guess they were just uninformed and uneducated. Maybe they watched too much television and somehow got the idea torture would work. So what happened? Did they leave empty handed? No, actually they took off with
an unknown amount of cash and jewelleryThey needed specific, verifiable information and they got it fast, with torture. Incidents of torture being used to successfully extract secrets have occurred many times throughout history, and similar accounts show up periodically in the news.
I know it probably seems that I'm beating this issue to death -- no pun intended. But the illogical and factually untrue assertion that torture does not work is repeated endlessly. This is just another example of reality to keep in mind, the next time someone living in their own fantasy world of wishful thinking tries to pretend that torture is always ineffective. Unfortunately, there are some situations where torture not only works, but also may be the fastest and most effective way of extracting certain types of information. If the information in question can be independently confirmed, it doesn't stop being useful simply because the interrogator used a brutal, inhumane method to obtain it.