Hmmm. Gina Haspel? I confess (with no torture required to extract said confession) that I haven't been paying any more attention to the goings on up there in the government than I absolutely have had to. So I have never heard of her. So I had to look her up. I read some of her Wikipedia page and it looks like the same old **** you always see on the Wikipedia page of someone who's in one of the alphabet agencies. No doubt most of her official bio has been carefully concocted and so forth. I mean, would it really make any sense to put someone in charge of the CIA whose entire life history could be read on Wikipedia by anyone with an internet connection.
So yeah. It's a given that this person is a monster with a real mean streak deep down. I mean, that is what is required for the job, right?
Does torture work? I would say that it does if your goal is to get the subject to say whatever it takes to make it stop. I don't know about you but if someone was torturing me I would definitely lie if I thought it would make them stop. Of course I'm sure that in many cases they have ways of knowing when their victim is lying. But then you get into messy territory such as the possibility that the subject is completely innocent and really doesn't know anything at all. Which is a really terrifying possibility.
I don't know. Sure. I suppose it "works" to some degree if they actually have the right person. I personally just don't like to think about it.
"Dusting is a good example of the futility of trying to put things right. As soon as you dust, the fact of your next dusting has already been established." - Carlin