Friday, January 14, 2005

Torture and Public Opinion

Last weekend, USA Today conducted a poll that, among other things, asked about attitudes toward some of the issues that have been raised in connection with the prisoner abuse scandals in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and elsewhere. How would you respond to these questions?

Here is a list of possible interrogation techniques that can be used on prisoners. Do you think it is right or wrong for the U.S. government to use them on prisoners suspected of having information about possible terrorist attacks against the United States?

A. Forcing prisoners to remain naked and chained in uncomfortable positions in cold rooms for several hours

B. Having female interrogators make physical contact with Muslim men during religious observances that prohibit such contact

C. Threatening to transfer prisoners to a country known for using torture

D. Threatening prisoners with dogs

E. Strapping prisoners on boards and forcing their heads underwater until they think they are drowning

F. Depriving prisoners of sleep for several days

To compare your responses with the poll results, go here (and look for question #38).