Charli Carpenter agrees that social scientists should not be in the business of supressing inconvenient findings, but then adds,
But this whole discussion misses the mark. Torture probably does work occasionally. But so what? The whole point of the anti-torture regime is to stay the Inquisitor's hand even when it's in our interest to torture. If we only refused to torture when/if there was no conflict with our self-interest, the rule would be unnecessary. Torture is wrong because it's wrong, not because it's never effective.
Um, yeah. Chopping off the hands of thieves probably does deter petty crime. That doesn't mean we should do it.