Why does torture exist? If you set aside petty sadism, leaders sometimes need things to be true that are not only false but so wrong that no one credible can be persuaded to lie about them. If the threat of losing your job or prison can’t persuade someone to lie then you torture them until they change their mind. That’s it. The whole Jack Bauer mythology is a complete fraud. Nobody ever learns anything useful from torture. Germans and Israelis studied this extensively and came to the same conclusion. Sometimes you get nuggets of truth, but you have no easy way to tell those apart from the mountains of bullshit that someone will throw out to make the pain stop. You get more reliable information a lot faster from a cup of coffee. On the other hand, maybe you don’t want reliable information. If you already know what you want someone to say, and they strenuously object, then torture gets you there.
The CEO of Newsmax Media, known for having a relationship with President Trump, wrote on Sunday that Trump insists he will be proven right regarding his allegation of wiretaps at Trump Tower.
“I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven’t seen him this pissed off in a long time,” Christopher Ruddy wrote in an article for his website.
Now I can think of several reasons why Trump will not put FBI agents to the rack. Sooner or later someone will persuade him to move on and pretend he never brought this up. However, you can expect the same story to happen again and again and again. Trump loves the idea of torture. He carelessly throws out bullshit and he has too fragile an ego to admit he ever made a mistake. Maybe president three year old decided those awful protesters could only say those mean things becasue George Soros paid them. The Attorney General is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. Many local PDs, notably but hardly limited to Chicago, have long understood the magical powers of hitting someone until they confess. What could possibly go wrong?