Yeah, that was also my idea. Still, even if I don't necessarily support it, I do understand why someone would order the torture of some terrorist who knew of an eminent attack (that is the only rational situation where I make an effort to understand). The problem (besides the huge moral problems that could hardly be ignored) is that it would probably make them spill out the truth and some more. That is the problem. Half of what torture victims say is probably a fabrication meant to please the torturer.
Good luck getting the UN to do anything. It is a needed even if broken institution. The best reflection possible of how broken our world is.
It is America. People get shot all the time. Must of the cops (sheriffs and the likes of small communities and states) don't have the proper training, and some of the others are just way too happy to shoot someone. How the hell will more robust police practices help the US' problems?
In the big majority of european countries the cops can't shoot at criminals unless they shoot first. And they are trained to solve the situations without violence, or with the least violence possible. I think the most illustrative even if plain exaggerated example of the US police conduct is GTA V. You just punched someone? We will fill you with bullets, criminal bastard. It has a very "Judge Dredd" kind of feeling, even if unintentionally
Not to my MC... he wants it = I freaking needs it!!!
A good sum up. Still, in Portugal the torture of regime's resistance was indeed used and it did produced results against the resistance parties and cells. I have read torture victims' statements on the matter, and they all say that sooner or later breaking under torture (not only physical but also psychological, which seemed to be way worse and more effective) is almost impossible to avoid. It was just a matter of time and of the torturer's patience and maliciousness. Strangely enough, it was usually the small gestures of kindness that broke them... the kind doctor tending for the wounds, the nice regime agent that let them sleep a bit during their shift on the sleeping deprivation torture, et cetera. And those people carry the (emotional) scars until this day. Just awful business.
It makes sense, if someone threatened me with torture I would be glad to cooperate.