Another small example of the impact of the U.S. condoning and deploying torture. Here's an account in the August National Geographic of a reporter captured in Darfur:
What can be said about those days?
An agent of the istikhbarat pawed through my cell’s pit toilet each morning, looking for what I can’t say. His work was unrewarded because I was on a hunger strike. I was protesting my being held separately, in solitary confinement. I resumed eating on the eighth day when the guards informed me they would force-feed me through a rubber tube. “Like Guantanamo,” they said.
There is a grueling piece in the current Harpers on the continuation of force-feeding at Gitmo as a form of torture.