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Torture a Terrorist for Jesus December 5, 2009

Posted by rogerhollander in About Torture, Torture.
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Roger Hollander, December 5, 2009

I remember from my studies in political science many years ago coming across a study with respect to the opinion of Americans about the provision of the Bill of Rights (the first ten Amendments to the Constitution).  Although when asked if they support the Bill of Rights most answered in the positive, when asked about the views on the contents of the rights contained in the individual Amendments (without identifying them as rights contained in the Bill of Rights), most were not in favor.  And this was before the hijacking of the political discourse in the United Sates by the religious radical right.

Some shocking statistics have emerged recently in a study conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.  Two thousand adults 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States were asked between October 28 and November 8, 2009 their opinions about torture.  A majority, 54% opined that torture was often (19%) or sometimes (35%) justified.

I doubt if these figures would have been nearly as high prior to 9/11.  There is no doubt in my mind that they are to a large degree a product of the fear-mongering and misinformation that we have been subjected to from the extreme right, the majority of Republican and Democrat politicians, and the lapdog corporate mainstream media.

I would like to see the results of this survey if the respondents were fully informed of the overwhelming opinion of experts in the field that torture is counter-productive in eliciting reliable actionable information and reminded that the victims of torture are “suspects,” not convicted terrorists and that a policy of torture makes American prisoners of war more vulnerable to torture.

I would like to see the results of this survey if the respondents were shown these photos:

I would particularly like to see the results of this survey if the respondents were able to be present in the torture sessions depicted in these photos (of course I would not advocate such an experiment).

More than anything, I would like to see a revolution in thought and action in the United States that reflects a turn from racism, violence, intolerance and greed, away from religious bigotry and twoards truly human values.

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1. mariam - May 19, 2010

حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل

2. Sock Puppet Superstar - June 15, 2014

After viewing the photos I would have to say that torture is 100% justified 100% of the time. regarding your statement: “I would like to see a revolution in thought and action in the United States that reflects a turn from racism, violence, intolerance and greed, away from religious bigotry and towards truly human values.” I wonder if it ever occured to you that racism, violence, intolerance, greed and religious bigotry are, in fact, uniquely “human values.” I very much doubt that you have considered this as your writing belies a profound naivete which would naturally obviate such understanding of human nature. Grow up.

3. rogerhollander - June 15, 2014

A personal attack on someone who expresses an opinion is sure sign that you lack a cogent argument.


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