Thursday, December 13, 2007

Americans love torture

Yesterday, in pointing out that the US has already tortured an innocent man, I noted that the US people either do not know or do not care that this has happened. A reader responded by pointing me at yesterday's CNN poll, the results of which speak for themselves:

Are there circumstances in which waterboarding of prisoners is acceptable?

Yes: 55% 52,690
No: 44% 42,219

It's not just the Bush Adminstration - it's the American people. So much for the US's claim to be part of the civilised world.

(Oh, and just in case anyone wants to argue ignorance, this was apparently run alongside a poll asking "Do you consider waterboarding to be torture?". 80% of respondents answered "yes").