This is bad how?
So what if they "scared" the detainees? If it got the results, the answers, what's the flipping deal?
Use to be parents would threaten to cut their kids ears off if they didn't behave, I still have yet to see an ear less child.
If those that threaten or attack our country, get to live with all their joints & fingers intact they really should consider themselves lucky, its really not torture till it kills or cripples.
As I scan the www I see a lot of articles of how they beat, dismember, decapitate, yet we are the bad guys because we said mean things??