In the survey, only israelis, palestinians and nigerians seemed to endorse torture as enthusiastically as americans in afghanistan, by contrast, 83 percent of those surveyed said torture was wrong in colombia, that number was 85 percent. Among americans, 46 percent said torture could be used to obtain information from an enemy combatant, while 30 percent disagreed and the rest said they did not know on a more general question, one in three said torture was “part of war,” just over half called it “wrong,” and the rest said they did not know or preferred not to answer. The american willingness to use torture was part of a worrying trend identified by the icrc — a growing belief globally that enemy combatants can be tortured for information when researchers asked that question in 1999, just 28 percent of respondents said enemy combatants could be tortured.
To make the torture last longer, the native americans would revive captives with rest periods during which time they were given food and water tortures typically began on the lower limbs, then gradually spread to the arms, then the torso. In december 2014, the senate select intelligence committee issued a strong report on the cia’s use of torture on detainees between 2001 and 2006 on tuesday, we learned that the cia used a much wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than the senate report described.
In august 2011, 53% of americans said the use of torture to question suspected terrorists could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not justified at all. Overall, 48% of americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in us anti-terrorism efforts.
Water torture is one of the oldest and most common forms of torture it arrived in the us with the first colonists and has cropped up many times since then waterboarding is its latest incarnation. Prisoners' fingernails were ripped out their fingers were broken, then twisted and yanked by children captives were made to eat pieces of their own flesh, and were scalped alive to make the torture last longer, the native americans would revive captives with rest periods during which time they were given food and water.
It offers dozens of legal cases in which similar treatment was prosecuted in the united states or denounced as torture by american officials when used by other countries the report compares the torture of detainees to the internment of japanese americans during world war ii. The us government has been accused of using torture-lite or moderate physical pressure against detainees, persons held in custody for political reasons, typically because they pose a distinct threat to the us or possess information crucial to american security.
Within both parties there are differences in views by ideology: conservative republicans are 18 percentage points more likely than moderate and liberal republicans to say there are circumstances where it is acceptable for the us to use torture in anti-terrorism efforts (79% vs 61%) among democrats, liberals are 11 points more likely than moderates and conservatives to say there are no circumstances where the us use of torture is acceptable (74% vs 63%. Torture and the united states includes documented and alleged cases of torture both inside and outside the united states by members of the us government, the us military, us law enforcement agencies, us intelligence agencies, us health care services, and other us public organizations. The future of america’s use of torture is unknown, especially considering that a 2017 pew research national survey found that roughly 48% of americans say there are some circumstances under which the use of torture is acceptable in us anti-terrorist efforts.
Opinion has shifted since then, with more americans finding torture acceptable in august 2011, a narrow majority (53%) of americans said the use of torture could be often or sometimes justified, while 42% said it could only rarely be justified or not be justified at all.
Following world war ii, the us brought charges of war crimes against persons who waterboarded americans and other allied soldiers and used similar techniques as the cia has used in this century the us had another lesson in torture in vietnam.