the face in the mirror
we don't torture. that's not what we're involved in (bsg spoilers)

reality and fiction

From an interview with our Vice-President:

Hennen: Would you agree a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?

Cheney: It's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president "for torture." We don't torture. That's not what we're involved in.

From Battlestar Galactica, as Starbuck tortures a Cylon to get information that can save lives:

Now, if you were human, you'd be just about ready to start offering up some false information about the location of the nuke. Some tiny thing that might get you a reward and maybe spare you a few minutes of this. But then I keep forgetting, you're not human. You're a machine…. There's no limit to the tactics I can use.