Yes, Foreign Policy is a smelly rag with some pretty horrible biases and outright distortions. (Their blog also sucks because it can’t keep the most basic facts straight, such as the identities of non-white supermodels.) But Jack Cloonan’s words to them on the subject of torture are well worth hearing:
BTW, he totally shoots down the “24” scenario of the “ticking bomb” that can only be defused by a torture-obtained confession. He also points out that torture victims tend to become martyrs to their supporters, even if they are “the bad guys” to those on the other side. Not to mention that it really, REALLY makes the torturers look like shits.