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If you are going to reflect on "torture" why do you never talk about torture techniques? From reading your sanitized descriptions, most people would have the impression that torture consists of "scaring people" and making them "uncomfortable."

Wikipedia provides a starter list:

"Waterboarding" is child's play in the torture business.

We live in a sometimes very cruel world. I'm sure that nations that use these methods don't have difficulty getting volunteers to do these things.