I got into a somewhat heated discussion about torture with some people I work with. Of course the trite and extreme ticking time bomb scenario came up as well as the if you could torture someone to prevent 9/11, would you question.
The counter question that I think is better (now that I have had 24 hours to think about it, hence the mot d'escalier category) is:
How many Americans would you torture to prevent another Oklahoma City Bombing?
Prickly City summed up the truth of the torture "debate" in one four panel cartoon