I think it somewhat naive to think that physical or psychological torture or threats against your family would not be effective in extracting some piece of information from any given person including yourself, so it is somewhat naive for you or some random interrogator to say that it does not or cannot work.
If I ask you your bank account number for instance you will not give it to me, but if I tell you that my friends are going to come into the room and chain you to the floor and let Rottweilers who have not been fed for a full week gulp peanut butter off your naked genitals you might be more inclined to reconsider at some point before the raging dogs are let off the leash. Perhaps though you have a way with animals and will convince them through your tears and whimpering to merely lick & not rip and tear your junk away. Maybe you would be brave and need to be cut or burned or told that some compatriots who need your pass-code are on their way to pick up your 6 year old daughter at school to bring her to your torture chamber for a family visit. You will of course give a false code to stop that from happening, but when the torturer says that if the code or information is false, then the torture will get mercilessly worse then you might be more forthcoming with the real info.
I saw something like that in a documentary or a movie once, and I think that it is unrealistic of you and some more humane interrogators to say that no matter what inhumane torture techniques one were to employ it would not be effective in extracting truthful intel. To say that torture does not or cannot work is just silly nonsense.
I do not advocate Torture, but please at least argue against it on moral or other grounds but to say it is never effective and cannot be effective is bunk.
If you have any evidence to suggest that torture results in actionable intelligence then please post an example where it worked as such - life isn't an episode of 24.
In the real world, torture doesn't produce actionable intelligence.
"In the real world, torture doesn't produce actionable intelligence."
Irony: Yes, one must content that the Third Reich never found a Jew due to information gained through torture. Nor did Pinochet employ torture with great "success".
Torture may be a bad thing, but that doesn't immediately make it ineffective in gathering intelligence.
In the real world, torture produce actionable intelligence.
Once again, opinion in place of fact. Do you have any evidence for your claim? As near as I can recall, the Nazis had a very extensive monetary reward system in place for information leading them to Jews in hiding - I might have even read about that in the Diary of Anne Frank.
Furthermore, torturing people for rather common place information doesn't begin to compare to torturing someone who is not only prepared but in fact eager to die for their cause. You have failed to address the evidence provided that clearly indicates torture does not work.
I see your reading of Anne Frank's diary and raise you actually having stood in the torture chambers of Auswitch hearing how Jews were tortured until they revealed where the rest of their families were. I've also been to the torture chambers of Treblinka, where an ex-inmate told us the story of how they were routinely tortured to reveal escape plans.
If you doubt Gestapo's "Verscharfe Vernehmungen" (enhanced interrogation) was particularly successful, then how on Earth were the Gestapo so successful? I don't believe they got all their information through talking or bribery..
Remember, in history the highest form of evidence are the stories of those who lived through it. How many primary sources have you interviewed?
Movies and video games....