Despite CIA Report, Torture Remains On TV

“Torture is not an effective way to get information,” said former FBI interviewer Joe Navarro, reacting to the Senate intelligence committee’s summary report on the FBI’s torture practices. “A person will do anything to stop the pain and torture”, and the practice “impairs the suspect’s ability to remember details that may be essential to your investigation.” The CIA’s techniques may have been condemned as ineffective and disdained by professional interrogators, but that doesn’t mean movie and TV audiences will notice any immediate decrease in the onslaught of fictional depictions of torture. Whether your formative screen memory is Claire Danes (pictured) using “interrogation techniques” on “Homeland” or Mads Mikkelsen assailing Daniel Craig’s scrotum with a knotted rope in “Casino Royale,” torture is embedded in popular entertainment.

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