Atrios thinks he’s got it all figured out when it comes to torture…
We shouldn’t torture. There should be no procedures in place for torture. Everyone should understand this. But if the Joker does in fact have a nuclear bomb ready to go off underneath Gotham, and vigilante crime fighter Batman needs to employ a little force to learn the magic code needed to stop it before the timer counts down to zero, then I imagine that if Batman does in fact manage to stop the destruction of the city that no jury would convict or that a presidential pardon would likely take care of things if they did.
…but let’s not forget what happened the last time the Caped Crusader saved our fair city.
What those flat-foots in the Gotham P.D. don’t realize is that torture is perfectly fine when it’s done by the good guys.