Just remember: Hollywood says waterboarding is bad, but submerging a man in water strapped down and replacing his bones with metal is okay. Five bucks to anyone who can place the quote. On to torture: The North Vietnamese and their Russian/Chinese allies tortured the bejesus out of any and all American pilots they captured over periods of years. To the best of my knowledge, the vast majority of pilots never gave any valuable information of any sort to the enemy in that conflict. Assuming that fanatically motivated religious terrorists who believe killing Westerner's is God's Will (which accurately describes a number of Guantanamo inmates and people who went to the CIA's secret prisons) will break under much milder forms of torture and provide information is utterly ridiculous. The US Army Field Manual on Interrogation specifically prescribes non-violent interrogation because Luftwaffe interrogators who used mentally manipulative techniques broke into all manner of sensitive information-in one case with a radio operator, successfully compromising a major Dutch resistance network-were vastly more successful than their Gestapo counterparts who tortured routinely.