It's a depressing fact, but many if not most people still believe that #torture
actually works; they believe that torture is an effective way of extracting information from an uncooperative subject. The #science
has been in on the subject since as far back as it's been called science, but the belief persists. Most people will agree that it is unethical, though many will still allow for it in "extreme situations", but even those that say it shouldn't be done still harbour the belief that it works.
But torture doesn't work. The science is crystal clear on the matter. In fact, torture is not only unlikely to get you any good information, it actually damages the subject so much that it harms your chances of getting information from them in the future - even when you start using actually effective interrogation tactics (and they do exist). So even aside from the #ethics
(which, really, shouldn't be ignored), torture is a bad idea.