Is this the most thankless task in the history of humanity? I mean this guy doesn't seem to enjoy torturing people, he never actually does anything to improve national security, his employment is only necessary because the higher-ups at CTU are invariably going to make a mistake about who the mole is, and they're going to need someone to do unspeakable things to that person until they manage to get their heads out of their asses. I imagine this makes things rather awkward at the Christmas party.
"So, Joel, how about that time I tortured you for 5 hours thinking you were in league with that Saudi terror group when it turned out you just love Turkish Taffy? Those were some fun times, huh? Where you going?"
I also imagine he doesn't get a lot of play among the office women, most of whom he has at the very least been ordered to hover over menacingly. I just hope he's well paid, because I'd imagine it's easy to burn out at the job and hard to find a new one.
"Sorry Mr Landry, I can't really get a good reference from my last job. See I tortured my boss, a matter of national security. Then I tortured her boss, on the orders of the president, and then the person sent to replace him..tortured that guy too. I have skills other than torture, though. I'm a great typist. Good team player. Umm...I promise I won't torture YOU...you know...unless I have to."
I mean working in a sewer is bad, but at least you know you're adding something positive to the social situation. Being the "Oops, wrong person" torture guy just has to suck. Am I wrong?