in the news today george bush admits to directly authorizing the use of waterboarding in interrogations. he also said he'd "do it again" because it saves/saved lives.
torture doesn't work. it's never worked. even napoleon knew it didn't work and he was CRAZY.
as he wrote in a letter to louis alexandre berthier in 1798:
"the barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. it has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. the poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know."
but i guess george bush doesn't consider waterboarding to be torture and he refuses to call it that. the real truth of the matter might be that he thinks waterboarding is some kind of fun extreme sport, meant to be a treat for prisoners or detainees who give up special secrets.