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* A favorite practice of masked crimefighter Battlecat from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.


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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.

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* The video for Music/{{Abnormality}}'s "Mechanisms Of of Omniscience" shows two StateSec agents using this on a captive who leaked documents on the internet. He's ultimately tortured to death.



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It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not. Even ff you are not a law enforcement agent or soldier, trying this can also land you in a lot of trouble. Seriously, DontTryThisAtHome.

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It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not. Even ff if you are not a law enforcement agent or soldier, trying this can also land you in a lot of trouble. Seriously, DontTryThisAtHome.


It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not.

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It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not.
not. Even ff you are not a law enforcement agent or soldier, trying this can also land you in a lot of trouble. Seriously, DontTryThisAtHome.


For all intents and purposes, this is a heroic variant of ColdBloodedTorture. Usually indicates that there is some kind of TimeBomb hanging over the heroes' heads and the interrogator has decided that there isn't enough time to "play nice." Threats to kill will be made, firearms will be discharged. Sometimes done after someone has refused to believe an EmptyCopThreat. Of course, anyone who does this is usually at least an AntiHero at best to begin with or a TokenEvilTeammate and/or a NominalHero at worst. Also, if a suspect knows he only has to hold out for a certain length of time, torture will never work. Good thing TortureAlwaysWorks. Should it fail, one can alternate the plan and exact the interrogations on [[AndYourLittleDogToo someone]] [[ForcedToWatch else]].

In reality, torture is [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar illegal]] in many jurisdictions (however, that doesn't stop people, and doesn't mean the evidence gets tossed out in all nations), and its actual effectiveness is disputed, depending much on circumstances and individuals. In short, there's no real proof that it works effectively and dependably -- it's just as likely that someone will tell you something just to make it stop as anything else, and while the "just make it stop" factor can in fact be countered by systems of threatening even worse retribution if the given information turns out to be false, it is still hardly 100% perfect. And it may turn out that the guy you're torturing legitimately does not have the information you need, but feeds you false info just to make it stop, so not only are you torturing someone who knows nothing, he's sending you on a wild-goose chase instead of staying silent. Someone truly dedicated to a cause may even view this technique as a sign that his enemies are weak or evil, thus enforcing his own convictions and making him more likely to refuse to cooperate. As well as this, even if it does work and the suspect is guilty and confesses, any halfway decent lawyer can get a confession coerced through torture ruled inadmissible, and any evidence found as a result of it "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" and also inadmissible, or failing that overturn the conviction, meaning torture can even result in guilty people going free. Interrogation is often a long process over days or weeks, as well. [[LawOfConservationOfDetail Good luck stuffing that time into an hour TV show]] revolving around a bad guy bomb, though.

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For all intents and purposes, this is a heroic variant of ColdBloodedTorture. Usually indicates that there is some kind of TimeBomb hanging over the heroes' heads and the interrogator has decided that there isn't enough time to "play nice." Threats to kill will be made, firearms made. Firearms will be discharged. Sometimes this is done after someone has refused to believe an EmptyCopThreat. Of course, anyone who does this is in the first place usually at least an AntiHero at best to begin with or a TokenEvilTeammate and/or a NominalHero at worst. Also, if a suspect knows he only has to hold out for a certain length of time, torture will never work. Good thing TortureAlwaysWorks. Should it fail, one can alternate the plan and exact the interrogations on [[AndYourLittleDogToo someone]] [[ForcedToWatch else]].

In reality, torture is [[UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar illegal]] in many jurisdictions (however, that doesn't stop people, and doesn't mean the evidence gets tossed out in all nations), and its actual effectiveness is disputed, depending much on circumstances and individuals. In short, there's no real proof that it works effectively and dependably -- it's just as likely that someone will tell you something just to make it stop as anything else, and while although the "just make it stop" factor can in fact be countered by systems of threatening even worse retribution if the given information turns out to be false, it is still hardly 100% perfect. And Plus, it may turn out that the guy you're torturing legitimately does not have the information you need, but feeds you false info just to make it stop, so not only are you torturing someone who knows nothing, he's sending you on a wild-goose chase instead of staying silent. Someone truly dedicated to a cause may even view this technique as a sign that his enemies are weak or evil, thus enforcing his own convictions and making him more likely to refuse to cooperate. As well as this, even if it does work and the suspect is guilty and confesses, any halfway decent lawyer can get a confession coerced through torture ruled inadmissible, and any evidence found as a result of it "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" and also inadmissible, or failing that overturn the conviction, meaning torture can even result in guilty people going free. Interrogation is often a long process over days or weeks, as well. [[LawOfConservationOfDetail Good luck stuffing that time into an hour hour-long TV show]] revolving around a bad guy bomb, though.





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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[ScaryBlackMan Ismail]] tortures [[AntiVillain Izael]], who's revealed to be a member of the [[ReligionOfEvil Totenkopfs]], to find out more about the Totenkopfs' plans from him. Also happens when [[GoodIsNotNice Alessandra]] and [[CoolOldGuy Raphael]] interrogate the dark cleric [[MauveShirt Grigori]]; however, they don't leave the cleric alive after he's spilled the beans, and instead they kill him and toss his body into the city's canals.
* A favorite practice of masked crimefighter Battlecat from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
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* Standard operating procedure for Imperial law enforcement in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Shining example: the "Nine Actions" are the Inquisition's specific guidelines on gradually increasing the intensity of their questioning, psychological manipulation, torture, and MindRape. Action Nine would kill any normal human pretty quick, but then normal humans usually give in at about the two-mark, which involves [[ToThePain explaining exactly what is going to happen through the next seven stages]].
** You all want to know what they are, don't you? Here:
--->'''I Action''': Verbal interrogation of suspect. No harm done.
--->'''II Action''': Threat of force and/or descriptions of further actions. No harm done.
--->'''III Action''': Light physical torture, followed by verbal interrogation.
--->'''IV Action''': Light physical torture, psychological manipulation.
--->'''V Action''': [[MindRape Psychic Interrogation]], light physical torture and verbal interrogation if victim still sane.
--->'''VI Action''': Sensory deprivation. Prior actions following if victim still alive and/or sane.
--->'''VII Action''': Intensive psychic interrogation.
--->'''VIII Action''': Use of psycho-chemical drugs.
--->'''IX Action''': Unrelenting physical and psychic torture. Interrogation optional.[[note]]The lack of interrogation in the IX Action is somewhat justified in the sense that anyone or any''thing'' that can last until the IX Action is probably a terrible threat to Imperial security in its own right.[[/note]]

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* Standard operating procedure for Imperial law enforcement in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. Shining example: the "Nine Actions" are the Inquisition's specific guidelines on gradually increasing the intensity of their questioning, psychological manipulation, torture, and MindRape. Action Nine would kill any normal human pretty quick, but then normal humans usually give in at about the two-mark, which involves [[ToThePain explaining exactly what is going to happen through the next seven stages]].
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stages]]. You all want to know what they are, don't you? Here:
--->'''I Action''': -->'''I Action:''' Verbal interrogation of suspect. No harm done.
--->'''II Action''': Threat of force and/or descriptions of further actions.
suspect. No harm done. \n--->'''III Action''': \\
'''II Action:''' Threat of force and/or descriptions of further actions. No harm done.\\
'''III Action:'''
Light physical torture, followed by verbal interrogation.
--->'''IV Action''':
interrogation.\\
'''IV Action:'''
Light physical torture, psychological manipulation.
--->'''V Action''':
manipulation.\\
'''V Action:'''
[[MindRape Psychic Interrogation]], light physical torture and verbal interrogation if victim still sane.
--->'''VI Action''':
sane.\\
'''VI Action:'''
Sensory deprivation. Prior actions following if victim still alive and/or sane.
--->'''VII Action''':
sane.\\
'''VII Action:'''
Intensive psychic interrogation.
--->'''VIII Action''':
interrogation.\\
'''VIII Action:'''
Use of psycho-chemical drugs.
--->'''IX Action''':
drugs.\\
'''IX Action:'''
Unrelenting physical and psychic torture. Interrogation optional.[[note]]The lack of interrogation in the IX Action is somewhat justified in the sense that anyone or any''thing'' that can last until the IX Action is probably a terrible threat to Imperial security in its own right.[[/note]]



* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[ScaryBlackMan Ismail]] tortures [[AntiVillain Izael]], who's revealed to be a member of the [[ReligionOfEvil Totenkopfs]], to find out more about the Totenkopfs' plans from him. Also happens when [[GoodIsNotNice Alessandra]] and [[CoolOldGuy Raphael]] interrogate the dark cleric [[MauveShirt Grigori]]; however, they don't leave the cleric alive after he's spilled the beans, and instead they kill him and toss his body into the city's canals.
* A favorite practice of masked crimefighter Battlecat from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.


* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', Masamune, after hearing from Nobunaga that the main character claimed that she time-traveled from 500 years in the future, decides to find out if it's true by asking her about it while pointing his sword at her throat. Which works well enough, but the main character lampshades how this method of interrogation isn't as reliable as he seems to think it is by pointing out how she'd have told him she was from Ancient Egypt just to get him to put that sword away.

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* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', Masamune, after hearing from Nobunaga that the main character claimed that she time-traveled from 500 years in the future, decides to find out if it's true by asking her about it while pointing his sword at her throat. Which works well enough, but the main character lampshades how this method of interrogation isn't as reliable as he seems to think it is by pointing out how commenting that she'd have willingly told him she was from Ancient Egypt just to get him to put that his sword away.


* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', Masamune, after hearing from Nobunaga that the main character claimed that she time-traveled from 500 years in the future, decides to find out if it's true by asking her about it while pointing his sword at her throat. Which works well enough, but the main character lampshades how this kind of method isn't as foolproof as he seems to think it is by pointing out how she'd have told him she was from Ancient Egypt just to get him to put that sword away.

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* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', Masamune, after hearing from Nobunaga that the main character claimed that she time-traveled from 500 years in the future, decides to find out if it's true by asking her about it while pointing his sword at her throat. Which works well enough, but the main character lampshades how this kind of method of interrogation isn't as foolproof reliable as he seems to think it is by pointing out how she'd have told him she was from Ancient Egypt just to get him to put that sword away.

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* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', Masamune, after hearing from Nobunaga that the main character claimed that she time-traveled from 500 years in the future, decides to find out if it's true by asking her about it while pointing his sword at her throat. Which works well enough, but the main character lampshades how this kind of method isn't as foolproof as he seems to think it is by pointing out how she'd have told him she was from Ancient Egypt just to get him to put that sword away.



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* For ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', this is what the Intimidate skill is for. What form that takes exactly depends on the players, from threats to magical manipulation to outright torture. And yes, there are rules found in various DM books for torture devices and less-than-pleasant spells meant to extract information.


->"''You're not going to get any information out of him if you just ''ask''. You gotta make him squeal a little!''"

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->"''You're not going to get any information out of him if you just ''ask''. You gotta make him squeal scream a little!''"


* ElvisCostello's ''Watching The Detectives'' references this.

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* ElvisCostello's Music/ElvisCostello's ''Watching The Detectives'' references this.


It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not.

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It would be especially problematic using evidence obtained through torture in the United States. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment." Statute Law, specifically 18 USC 1984, the Civil Rights act of 1869, specifically makes it a crime to violate someone's civil rights under color of law. US treaty obligations also cause problems, as they are a signatory to the "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," of 26 June 1987, and the use of torture is a violation of "TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" "UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar" as set forth in the (Fourth) Geneva Convention, which prohibits even unlawful combatants from being tortured. While executing unlawful combatants is legal under the Geneva Convention, torturing them is not.


For all intents and purposes, this is a heroic variant of ColdBloodedTorture. Usually indicates that there is some kind of TimeBomb hanging over the heroes' heads and the interrogator has decided that there isn't enough time to "play nice." Threats to kill will be made, firearms will be discharged. Sometimes done after someone has refused to believe an EmptyCopThreat. Of course, anyone who does this is usually at least an AntiHero to begin with or a TokenEvilTeammate and/or a NominalHero. Also, if a suspect knows he only has to hold out for a certain length of time, torture will never work. Good thing TortureAlwaysWorks. Should it fail, one can alternate the plan and exact the interrogations on [[AndYourLittleDogToo someone]] [[ForcedToWatch else]].

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For all intents and purposes, this is a heroic variant of ColdBloodedTorture. Usually indicates that there is some kind of TimeBomb hanging over the heroes' heads and the interrogator has decided that there isn't enough time to "play nice." Threats to kill will be made, firearms will be discharged. Sometimes done after someone has refused to believe an EmptyCopThreat. Of course, anyone who does this is usually at least an AntiHero at best to begin with or a TokenEvilTeammate and/or a NominalHero.NominalHero at worst. Also, if a suspect knows he only has to hold out for a certain length of time, torture will never work. Good thing TortureAlwaysWorks. Should it fail, one can alternate the plan and exact the interrogations on [[AndYourLittleDogToo someone]] [[ForcedToWatch else]].

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