Duty To Patient vs Public
In the film a military psychologist suggests that inducing pain in a detainee is “entirely ethical” if the method yields information that will prevent attacks on Americans.
When does the Geneva Convention stipulate it is acceptable to deprive a prisoner of food and water, subject him to excessive heat or cold, require he maintain uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, and threaten him with physical violence that will not be carried out?** Adapted from J. Wesley Boyd, et al, (2007) http://www.baywood.com/hs/ijhs374.pdf
...No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.Article 17 Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War