Torture is something some might think went the way of The Inquisition in the Middle Ages, but it hasn’t disappeared. Far from it. In fact, there was still a lot of torture taking place at the hand of secret police agencies in South America as well as in other countries in the 20th century. It was – and is – also used as part of the system of judicial punishments in some nations, and recent events in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay show that the hands of western democracies aren’t clean either. Here we look at ten of the most terrifying torture devices and methods used in the modern era.