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18th May '18 3:29:19 PM Vanshira
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Babel", after more socially acceptable methods get her nowhere, Major Kira enlists the help of the only scientist who knows anything about the aphasia virus by deliberately exposing him to it and telling him that he can either help them cure it or die with everyone else.
6th Mar '18 2:49:56 PM PaladinPhoenix
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* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', like the original, allows you to interrogate captured aliens. Unlike the original, the "interrogated" aliens don't survive the process. One of the characters later comments that he's shocked that [[BewareTheNiceOnes the seemingly-benign Dr. Vahlen would go to these lengths]] (though everyone admits that, ghoulish and inhumane though the methods may be, they are necessary in the face of possible extinction). Although it's implied that the interrogations are less a series of questions but more painful stimulation to read the alien's brain waves.

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* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', like the original, allows you are allowed, and even required, to interrogate captured aliens. Unlike The reports from the original, lab division make it clear the "interrogated" aliens don't survive the process. One of the characters later comments that he's shocked that [[BewareTheNiceOnes the seemingly-benign Dr. Vahlen would go to these lengths]] (though everyone admits that, ghoulish and inhumane though the methods may be, they are necessary in the face of possible extinction). Although it's implied that the interrogations are less a series of questions but more painful stimulation to read the alien's brain waves.waves.
** This was also present but obfuscated in the original game, ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'': the interrogations reveal information about the alien plans and society, as well as giving you information on the alien species you just interrogated that you can't get from an autopsy, but never mentions what happens to the alien you questioned. However, your general stores will show that you now have one more alien corpse than you did before.
13th Dec '17 10:19:16 AM arisboch
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Named for the euphemism used by both the U.S. Government for forms of torture that don't leave marks or cause organ failure, and for ''Verschärfte Vernehmung'', [[GodwinsLaw which is what the Nazis called it when they did it and which translates to the same]]. Compare JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, InterrogationByVandalism, and TortureAlwaysWorks. See also WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk, MaximumFunChamber.

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Named for the euphemism used by both the U.S. Government for forms of torture that don't leave marks or cause organ failure, and for ''Verschärfte Vernehmung'', [[GodwinsLaw which is what the Nazis called it when they did it and which translates to about the same]]. Compare JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, InterrogationByVandalism, and TortureAlwaysWorks. See also WeHaveWaysOfMakingYouTalk, MaximumFunChamber.
12th Dec '17 3:38:29 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''[[Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin]]'', the {{KGB}} uses sensory deprivation to break an agent for the {{CIA}}, but they're not able to use it on the titular [[TheMole mole]], due to his advanced age and underlying health problems. They use {{Gaslighting}} instead, which actually reinforces his will to resist. Then they discover his weakness, and break him in seconds. In fact, the KGB interrogation techniques can barely be called torture at all (though the sensory deprivation is at least psychological torture).

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* In ''[[Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin]]'', ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', the {{KGB}} uses sensory deprivation to break an agent for the {{CIA}}, but they're not able to use it on the titular [[TheMole mole]], due to his advanced age and underlying health problems. They use {{Gaslighting}} instead, which actually reinforces his will to resist. Then they discover his weakness, and break him in seconds. In fact, the KGB interrogation techniques can barely be called torture at all (though the sensory deprivation is at least psychological torture).
12th Dec '17 3:37:46 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''[[Literature/JackRyan The Cardinal of the Kremlin]]'', the {{KGB}} uses sensory deprivation to break an agent for the {{CIA}}, but they're not able to use it on the titular [[TheMole mole]], due to his advanced age and underlying health problems. They use {{Gaslighting}} instead, which actually reinforces his will to resist. Then they discover his weakness, and break him in seconds. In fact, the KGB interrogation techniques can barely be called torture at all (though the sensory deprivation is at least psychological torture).

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* In ''[[Literature/JackRyan The Cardinal of the Kremlin]]'', ''[[Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin]]'', the {{KGB}} uses sensory deprivation to break an agent for the {{CIA}}, but they're not able to use it on the titular [[TheMole mole]], due to his advanced age and underlying health problems. They use {{Gaslighting}} instead, which actually reinforces his will to resist. Then they discover his weakness, and break him in seconds. In fact, the KGB interrogation techniques can barely be called torture at all (though the sensory deprivation is at least psychological torture).
13th Nov '17 8:04:29 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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This is done because TortureAlwaysWorks, but it would be [[MoralDissonance unbecoming]] for our heroes to get their hands dirty with a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. So instead, they use alternative techniques, usually psychological. They make death threats, point around loaded guns, and use things like sleep deprivation. Beatings may or may not apply depending on [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown how they're depicted]]. And sometimes, the tortures may be exacted on [[ForcedToWatch someone else]]. The most common, though, are probably the DramaticGunCock and HighAltitudeInterrogation.

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This is done because TortureAlwaysWorks, but it would be [[MoralDissonance unbecoming]] for our heroes to get their hands dirty with a JackBauerInterrogationTechnique. So instead, they use alternative techniques, usually psychological. They make death threats, point around loaded guns, and use things like sleep deprivation. Beatings may or may not apply depending on [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown how they're depicted]]. And sometimes, the tortures may be exacted on [[ForcedToWatch someone else]]. Also popular is the threat to turn the prisoner into the custody of some ally who does ''not'' have the same inhibitions against ColdBloodedTorture. The most common, though, are probably the DramaticGunCock and HighAltitudeInterrogation.
2nd Nov '17 7:55:59 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Averted in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'': when the heroes have to torture enemy agents for information, they're honest with themselves and call what they do by its right name.
26th Oct '17 12:46:37 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'', the cutscene for the third mission describes the results of an interrogation of a Taiidan frigate captain, captured in the orbit of the destroyed Kharak. After revealing to the player the information gleaned from the interrogation, the voiceover calmly states that the officer did not survive the interrogation. Considering that the Kushans have just witnessed their planet's destruction at the hands of the Taiidan, the outcome of the interrogation is understandable.
24th Oct '17 7:01:30 PM nombretomado
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* In Patrick Robinson's ''USS Seawolf'', [[ChineseWithChopperSupport PLA soldiers]] resort to, among other things, beating TheCaptain and waterboarding his [[NumberTwo executive officer]] [[spoiler:(who happens to be the President's son)]] to elicit info on the titular submarine.

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* In Patrick Robinson's ''USS Seawolf'', [[ChineseWithChopperSupport [[UsefulNotes/ChineseWithChopperSupport PLA soldiers]] resort to, among other things, beating TheCaptain and waterboarding his [[NumberTwo executive officer]] [[spoiler:(who happens to be the President's son)]] to elicit info on the titular submarine.
16th Oct '17 7:21:21 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/KnownSpace A Gift From Earth]]'', by Creator/LarryNiven, the authorities don't use physical torture because it would ruin the suspect's use to the body banks. Instead, they use sensory deprivation.

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* In ''[[Literature/KnownSpace A Gift From Earth]]'', ''Literature/AGiftFromEarth'', by Creator/LarryNiven, the authorities don't use physical torture because it would ruin the suspect's use to the body banks. Instead, they use sensory deprivation.
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