America’s regression

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald

12/03/09

Torture is one of the most universal taboos in the civilized world. The treaty championed by Ronald Reagan declares that ‘no exceptional circumstances’ can justify it, and requires that every state criminalize it and prosecute those who authorize or engage in it. But only 25% of Americans agree with Ronald Reagan and this Western consensus that torture is never justifiable. Worse, 54% of Americans believe torture is ‘often’ or ’sometimes’ justified. When it comes to torture, the vast bulk of the country is now to the ‘right’ (for lack of a better term) of Ronald Reagan, who at least in words (if not in deeds) insisted upon an absolute prohibition on the practice and mandatory prosecution for those responsible. With these new numbers, it’s virtually impossible to find a country with as high a percentage of torture supporters as the U.S. has...

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New Poll Finds Americans Favor U.S. Isolationism, Acting Alone

Majority of Americans Think Torture 'Sometimes' Justified

By Heather Maher

Fully 44 percent of Americans -- the highest percentage in more than 45 years -- say that because the United States is "the most powerful nation in the world, we should go our own way in international matters, not worrying about whether other countries agree with us or not."

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