Some interesting thoughts on the use of torture as a tactic in the war on terror:
The torture victim faces incredible pain and perhaps death at the hands of his torturer. If these costs are to be born by the victim then we had better make damn sure that the benefits are also high and the only way we can do that is to make the torturer also bear some of the costs. Torture must not be cheap.
Torture is like war itself. We should be careful in saying we'd "never" use it. Who among us would not torture the only person who had information that would prevent our families from being killed? But it should be the last option considered, when no other rational choice will work.