Excellent point. Torture doesn't even *work*
If you torture somebody, then eventually they'll either:
A) Have said nothing whatsoever, and won't now because now they're dead.
B) Say whatever it is they think you want them to say to just MAKE IT STOP!!! MAKE IT STOP!! MAAKEE IT STOOOOOOOP!!!!
So you simply cannot discover anything valuable through torture. It's as likely to be made up as not - it's only ever what they think you want to hear.
- I suppose for the Spanish Inquisition that kind of worked, as they just wanted you to renounce whatever it was they thought you'd said.
In war, though, it's useless - and this has been known for centuries.
It's only Hollywood that says different.
If I was a US soldier, I'd be terrified by the way the US Government allowed those so-called 'enhanced techniques' - because that's a green light to any force that captured *me* to do the same things.
After all, the US signed up to the Geneva convention so *obviously* anything they do to supposed PoWs is fair game for anyone else to do to US PoWs.
Finally: Osama Bin Laden was discovered through normal surveillance techniques - following and monitoring the chain of people used to get his tapes out to the world. That's how intelligence actually *works*.