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24th Feb '17 9:12:38 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Colony}}'': Homeland Security uses torture against captured Red Hand operatives to get information from them.
17th Feb '17 11:32:31 AM PixelKnight
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* In cryptography, this is euphemistically called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber-hose_cryptanalysis rubber-hose cryptanalysis]]". The human user is invariably the weakest link in any security system, so someone who wants your secrets bad enough to break the law in the first place may find it simplest to just beat them out of you.

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* In cryptography, this is euphemistically called "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber-hose_cryptanalysis rubber-hose cryptanalysis]]". The human user is invariably the weakest link in any security system, so someone who wants your secrets bad enough to break the law in the first place may find it simplest to just beat you with a rubber hose until you tell them out of you.what they want to hear.
12th Feb '17 11:11:16 AM ngh93
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* Done by Dory in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' after she politely asks a crab for information to where Marlin went and gets snubbed by him, she essentially threatens to feed him to the gulls and she actually carries out the threat by lifting the crab out of the water in front of said ravenous seagulls.

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* Done by Dory in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' after she politely asks a crab for information to where Marlin went and gets snubbed by him, she essentially threatens to feed him to the gulls and she actually carries out the threat by lifting the crab out of the water in front of said ravenous seagulls.
29th Jan '17 9:38:55 AM WarriorsGate
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** Later in season 2, 2AM-3AM, Jack is on the receiving side.

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** Later In a subversion of TortureAlwaysWorks, however, for the first three seasons Bauer's rough interrogation tactics are usually ineffective and cause more trouble than they're worth. When Bauer punches the aforementioned Ted Cofell in the chest too hard, [[spoiler: he has a heart attack and refuses to take his medicine out of spite, leaving him dead and Bauer without leads]]. In numerous other cases ([[spoiler: Nina Myers, Syed Ali, Michael Amador]]) violence and pain is utterly useless, and Bauer only succeeds by outsmarting them. When David Palmer tortures [[spoiler: the head of the NSA]], although the perpetrator confesses, it's later used as evidence Palmer is unfit to lead the country. It was only with season 2, 2AM-3AM, four that torture started to become an effective intelligence technique, though that season had [[SeasonalRot many more writing issues]] than ''just'' the portrayal of torture.
** Season 4 shows ''other'' downside of torture: when the victim happens to be innocent but the interrogators realise they're keeping secrets and therefore keep the torture going until that (unrelated) secret comes out. As well as a suspected mole [[KickTheDog who is then fired when she seeks compensation]], The Secretary of Defense is kidnapped and nearly executed on a live webcast. After he is freed, he orders CTU to torture ''his own son'' for information, while the son protests that he had nothing to do with the plot. Eventually, they discover another piece of evidence which jogs the son's memory: He had a one-night-stand at a bar, while an accomplice checked his email and stole the [=SecDef's=] itinerary. The Secretary then berates his son for not revealing it sooner, but the son (correctly) points out that he had no reason to connect a random sexual encounter with events that occurred three weeks later. However, the main reason the son didn't want to discuss it, and the reason the interrogators had thought he was being deceptive, was because he was trying to hide his sexual orientation - the random sexual encounter had been with a man, not a woman as the interrogators and his father assumed.
** Jack's torture technique is subverted towards the end of Season Five, where he confronts [[spoiler:President Charles Logan]]. Instead of torturing him,
Jack is on simply sits across from him and [[DeathGlare stares]]. Within ''minutes'', the receiving side.man is [[MindRape breaking down and babbling helplessly]]. [[spoiler:Also, the whole thing is a BatmanGambit to plant a bug on Logan.]]
** To give an idea of how cold-blooded Jack Bauer is regarding torture; the guy he's strangling in the picture for this page is ''his brother.'' [[spoiler: Jack tortured him in Season 6, and his brother was also one of the major players in the Season 5 plot. The audience was aware of this but Jack was not at the time. Making it somewhat interesting as the viewers knew how rotten Jack's brother was, but Jack seemed to be going really far considering how little he knew.]]



*** It's a rather twisted Aesop--the message seems to be that torture will always work on ''bad guys'', but will never work on ''good guys'', or at least good guys named Jack Bauer. [[SarcasmMode Handy, that.]]
** Jack's torture technique is subverted towards the end of Season Five, where he confronts [[spoiler:President Charles Logan]]. Instead of torturing him, Jack simply sits across from him and [[DeathGlare stares]]. Within ''minutes'', the man is [[MindRape breaking down and babbling helplessly]]. [[spoiler:Also, the whole thing is a BatmanGambit to plant a bug on Logan.]]



** Season 4 shows ''other'' downside of torture: when the victim happens to be innocent but the interrogators realise they're keeping secrets and therefore keep the torture going until that (unrelated) secret comes out. As well as a suspected mole [[KickTheDog who is then fired when she seeks compensation]], The Secretary of Defense is kidnapped and nearly executed on a live webcast. After he is freed, he orders CTU to torture ''his own son'' for information, while the son protests that he had nothing to do with the plot. Eventually, they discover another piece of evidence which jogs the son's memory: He had a one-night-stand at a bar, while an accomplice checked his email and stole the [=SecDef's=] itinerary. The Secretary then berates his son for not revealing it sooner, but the son (correctly) points out that he had no reason to connect a random sexual encounter with events that occurred three weeks later. However, the main reason the son didn't want to discuss it, and the reason the interrogators had thought he was being deceptive, was because he was trying to hide his sexual orientation - the random sexual encounter had been with a man, not a woman as the interrogators and his father assumed.



** To give an idea of how cold-blooded Jack Bauer is regarding torture; the guy he's strangling in the picture for this page is ''his brother.'' [[spoiler: Jack tortured him in Season 6, and his brother was also one of the major players in the Season 5 plot. The audience was aware of this but Jack was not at the time. Making it somewhat interesting as the viewers knew how rotten Jack's brother was, but Jack seemed to be going really far considering how little he knew.]]
25th Jan '17 4:05:51 PM JamesShade
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* The video for Music/{{Abnormality}}'s "Mechanisms Of Omniscience" shows two StateSec agents using this on a captive who leaked documents on the internet. He's ultimately tortured to death.
8th Jan '17 1:03:18 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]] will get at the truth, no matter who he has to maim to do so.

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* [[{{Transmetropolitan}} [[ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}} Spider Jerusalem]] will get at the truth, no matter who he has to maim to do so.
27th Dec '16 3:55:45 PM nombretomado
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** Also used in the [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 UK original]]'s spinoff, ''AshesToAshes'', involving a naked suspect and a pool table. You have three seconds to work out what it entails, and any guesses after the first don't count. Starting now.

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** Also used in the [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 UK original]]'s spinoff, ''AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes'', involving a naked suspect and a pool table. You have three seconds to work out what it entails, and any guesses after the first don't count. Starting now.
21st Dec '16 2:32:27 PM Xtifr
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* Parodied, deconstructed and subverted in the Finnish animation ''{{Pasila}}'', in the episode "25", a ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' spoof. After Repomies beats the location of a bomb out of a terrorist, Pöysti proceeds to beat a made up location out of the terrorist just to demonstrate that torture doesn't work. Subverted further as when they bring in CIA agent [[{{Expy}} Jack]] [[strike: Bauer]] [[{{Expy}} Jofa]] himself to interrogate the man, the terrorist's lawyer arrives and gives him an extremely strong dose of anesthesia, as although a new USA/EU agreement permits the CIA to torture European terrorists, the terrorists have to be so numb on painkillers that they can't feel the pain, rendering torture useless. The episode closes with Jofa dragging the terrorist off to Guantanamo Bay since he thinks he's roughed the terrorist up enough to turn him against the [[{{Eagleland}} US]].

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* Parodied, deconstructed and subverted in the Finnish animation ''{{Pasila}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Pasila}}'', in the episode "25", a ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' spoof. After Repomies beats the location of a bomb out of a terrorist, Pöysti proceeds to beat a made up location out of the terrorist just to demonstrate that torture doesn't work. Subverted further as when they bring in CIA agent [[{{Expy}} Jack]] [[strike: Bauer]] [[{{Expy}} Jofa]] himself to interrogate the man, the terrorist's lawyer arrives and gives him an extremely strong dose of anesthesia, as although a new USA/EU agreement permits the CIA to torture European terrorists, the terrorists have to be so numb on painkillers that they can't feel the pain, rendering torture useless. The episode closes with Jofa dragging the terrorist off to Guantanamo Bay since he thinks he's roughed the terrorist up enough to turn him against the [[{{Eagleland}} US]].
12th Dec '16 9:44:33 PM PaulA
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* In DavidEddings' Elenium series, the Pandion knight order has a reputation for taking this to extremes when they want information. Their reputation is so bad that many captives will share every secret they've ever had over a single look. Which is exactly what the Pandions wanted, having apparently decided early on that true torture's too messy and unreliable compared to the fear a few well-distributed and colorful rumors could instill.

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* In DavidEddings' Elenium Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'' series, the Pandion knight order has a reputation for taking this to extremes when they want information. Their reputation is so bad that many captives will share every secret they've ever had over a single look. Which is exactly what the Pandions wanted, having apparently decided early on that true torture's too messy and unreliable compared to the fear a few well-distributed and colorful rumors could instill.
13th Nov '16 4:37:52 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'', Munsey wants to get extra information out of Louie before Joe and the gang try to escape, so he puts on loud classical music and proceeds to beat Louie with a drainpipe.

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* In ''Film/{{Brute Force|1947}}'', Munsey Captain Munsey, a guard from the penitentiary, wants to get extra information out of Louie before Joe and the gang try to escape, so he puts on loud classical music and proceeds to beat Louie with a drainpipe.
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