Most Americans support torture against terror suspects – poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe torture can be justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, a level of support similar to that seen in countries like Nigeria where militant attacks are common.

The poll reflects a U.S. public on edge after the massacre of 14 people in San Bernardino in December and large-scale attacks in Europe in recent months, including a bombing claimed by the militant group Islamic State last week that killed at least 32 people in Belgium.

Donald Trump, the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has forcefully injected the issue of whether terrorism suspects should be tortured into the election campaign.

Trump has said he would seek to roll back President Barack Obama’s ban on waterboarding – an interrogation technique that simulates drowning that human rights groups contend is illegal under the Geneva Conventions. Trump has also vowed to “bring back a hell of a lot worse” if elected.

  • Alain

    Funny that there is no mention whatsoever in the touted Geneva Convention. The Geneva Convention however only applies to national combatants in identifiable uniforms which excludes all jihadists/terrorists.

    • Good thing that;)

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        You can’t fight an enemy with one hand tied behind your back.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I am so sick of the MSM’s use of terms like “militants”. Its just a smokescreen for Islamic jihad. Unless we clearly identify the enemy by name we’re doomed to defeat.

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  • Blind Druid

    Don Cherry — “If hooking up one raghead terrorist prisoner`s testicles to a car battery to get the truth out of the lying little camelshagger will save just one Canadian life, then I have only three things to say:
    1. Red is positive
    2. Black is negative
    3. Make sure his nuts are wet”.