At the end of last month, two men invaded a woman's home in Tempe, Arizona. Along with robbing the house, they also wanted the victim's PIN number, so they could use her bank card to steal money from her account. Did they use the non-coercive interrogation techniques designed to establish a rapport with the woman, that some "experts" say is so effective -- as opposed to the "unreliable" information produced through coercion? No, I'm afraid they didn't. They must have been unaware that torture doesn't work. For some reason they decided to beat the information out of her. What a couple of idiots. Surely they knew that torture doesn't work for anything other than forcing false confessions. Don't they read any left-wing or civil libertarian blogs? Apparently, not.
“They did some horrific things to her physically. Beat her up, did some damage to the house and pretty much tortured and kidnapped her for a half-hour in her own homeBut of course since torture doesn't work, no doubt they got nothing for their efforts. Uh, no.
The woman said she was forced to tell the suspects the PIN number to her bank card, police saidWhat, you mean torture can quickly and effectively force someone to give accurate information? Who knew? Pretty much any criminal brutal enough to employ it.
Given that this sort of incident happens on an occasional basis, as part of a long history of the use of torture to force people to give information relating to where their valuables are hidden, you might think no one would be stupid or ignorant enough to actually make an argument that torture can't work to produce accurate information. But you'd be wrong. Unfortunately there is plenty of ignorance, stupidity, intellectual dishonesty, and outright denial of reality in the torture debate. That's why it's always useful to consider some real world cases.