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Friday, May 08, 2009

Americans For Torture

Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet, but it seems to me after reading CNN's piece titled "Poll: Don't investigate torture techniques," that most Americans see the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics to be torture, but do not believe there should be an investigation into Bush administration officials that authorized it.

The kicker though is that 50 percent of Americans approve of the "Bush administration's decision to use of those techniques during the questioning of suspected terrorists."

A new national poll indicates that most Americans don't want to see an investigation of Bush administration officials who authorized harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists, even though most people think such procedures were forms of torture.

Six in ten people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday believe that some of the procedures, such as water boarding, were a form of torture, with 36 percent disagreeing.

But half the public approves of the Bush administration's decision to use of those techniques during the questioning of suspected terrorists, with 50 percent in approval and 46 percent opposed.

"Roughly one in five Americans believe those techniques were torture but nonetheless approve of the decision to use those procedures against suspected terrorists," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That goes a long way toward explaining why a majority don't want to see former Bush officials investigated."

Fifty-seven percent of those questioned don't want Congress to investigate Bush officials who authorized those harsh interrogation procedures, with 42 percent calling for action by lawmakers. Fifty-five percent also don't want a similar investigation by an independent panel.

They think it is torture but they approve of it.

I guess more Americans believe that doing anything to save lives is better than sitting down to tea and cookies with terrorists and asking them nicely to stop being stubborn and refusing to answer.

(Side Note: More on what Pelosi knew and when she knew it and she continues to try to lie... no one is buying it though.)