Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From the "No, really?" files

Guess what? More people approve of "enhanced interrogation" than torture:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. adults are somewhat more accepting of "enhanced interrogation techniques" than they are of "torture," a poll released Tuesday indicates.

More than half, 55 percent, of those surveyed by Angus Reid Public Opinion said terrorism suspects should not be tortured. But 57 percent said "enhanced interrogation techniques" are acceptable.

For the poll, 1,010 adults were surveyed online Friday through Sunday. Half were asked about "torture" and half about "enhanced interrogation techniques."

While 30 percent of the first group said torture is never justified and 25 percent said it should be rare, 21 percent said it is justified most of the time and 13 percent, always justified. In the second group, 26 percent said enhanced interrogation is justified always; 31 percent, most of the time; 19 percent, rarely, and 15 percent, never.

And if we renamed things like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, stress positions, and the like "involuntary suspension of physical autonomy to aid investigations" I bet more people would approve of that than they would of torture, too! Amazing, right?

In not-quite-good news, though, the same poll finds that a whopping 49% of those asked disapprove of waterboarding. Wonder what would have happened if the pollsters had asked, instead, whether people approve of "enhanced involuntary anaerobic face-washing?"

1 comment:

  1. I don't think "torture is always justified" means what the 13% of the respondents who chose that think it means.