Paul Krugman today had this to say about the latest information concerning the neocons use of torture.
Let’s say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.
There is so much being said, even here, about the use of torture it's finally coming to light why Darth Cheney insisted on using it. Torture isn't about getting information it's about forcing someone to tell you what you want to hear. It's about conformity. It's about power. Truth has nothing to do with it.
In the movie Goya's Ghosts one of the priests who put a merchant's daughter to "The Question" is tortured the same way and made to sign a document stating that he is a monkey. Not much has been said about the movie even though it stars Natalie Portman. It is an excellent example on the evils of torture. Truth had nothing to do with the Inquisition -- only conformity and the perpetuation of power.