that depends on the consequences of NOT finding out the information sought. if lives are at stake, truly at stake, then civilized or not, do it. if it not a life or death issue, find another way.

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Yes. The idea that if a country -- or a person -- is imperfect that the whole is wicked is a conceit of modern anti-intellectuals, that is of the 60s counterculture, whose influence extends to this day. It is the lazy but frightened person's way of dismissing what he fears and disapproves. <br />
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The problem is that no person, no group, no country, lacks a list of atrocities, deliberate and accidental. A more realistic view of a given society is to recognize the existence of imperfections and determine if improvements are getting made. Those improvements include eliminating torture. It will never completely go away because you can not preselect every citizen's behaviors, but it can be largely reduced.<br />
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I suppose that those who insist on condemning an entire country because of its cruel points will need to condemn all countries, all people, all groups, at all times. And they can please sit quietly, in their place of moral superiority, on the sidelines of history while the productive people get things done.

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No because it is not civilised behaviour. It often does not lead to trust worthy results. You will get answers though.

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