Is that members of Congress believe that torture or "advanced interrogation techniques" work. They (sort of) do, but only when you are ripping off toenails, breaking fingers with hammers, or branding people, things that aren't (currently) doing. Military theorists like Fredrick the Great realized not only that torture didn't work, but was dehumanizing for the people who carried out the acts of torture. Which is why he criminalized it 200 years ago. What I find most absurd is that members of Congress believe that terrorists we catch would have troves of information that can only be unlocked if we waterboard them. Part of the reason that al-Qaeda was as successful as it was is due to a few leaders knew the actual plans of the organization. The grunts on the ground only knew their specific role or mission. This is much how our military works. The generals know the actual logistics and strategy, but the men on the front lines only follow orders. If you tortured the soldiers on the ground in order to gain information from them, you'd get very little of usage. I am 20 years old and I have never served in the military, but I seem to understand more about the art of war than these politicians, who include people like John McCain.