Wasn't there someone, a while back, making some speech about the United States not having a policy of torture?
Not to mention that anyone with even a sliver of a clue should be aware that torture doesn't give you intelligence worth a damn - what it gives you is stories your victim thinks you want to hear.
Gah. Making Light says it all far more cogently than I can. I feel like -- well, I'm not sure what I feel like, but it isn't pleased.