International Survey on Torture and Secret Interrogation
An international survey of nine countries reveals that in no surveyed country except two do a majority of respondents maintain that torture is never justified. A majority in four countries maintain that it rarely, sometimes, or often is justified. In response to the question, “How do you feel about the use of torture against suspected terrorists to obtain information” these were the results:
(36%), U.S. (49%), Canada (40%), Mexico S. Korea(10%), (40%), France (48%), Germany (60%), Italy (54%), Spain (48%). U.K.
Often, Sometimes, or Rarely Justified:
(61%), U.S. (49%), Canada (49%), Mexico S. Korea(86%), (57%), France (50%), Germany (37%), Italy (37%), Spain (51%). U.K.
But when asked where
(32%), U.S. (63%), Canada (78%), Mexico S. Korea(71%), (60%), France (60%), Germany (55%), Italy (66%), Spain (62%). U.K.
What is remarkable is that there is stronger international opposition to the secret interrogation of terrorists by the