More than half of Americans believe the use of torture can be justified

Abu Ghraib Torture

According to a poll by taken by Pew Research Center in 2011, 53% of Americans believe the use of torture can sometimes or often be justified. A new poll taken by YouGov in light of the Senate report on CIA torture found that a staggering 66% thought it could sometimes or always be justified, while only 24% thought it was never justified.

According to the UN Convention Against Torture, of which the US is a signatory, the use of torture is never justified.

According to the findings of the Senate report, the use of torture is rarely beneficial for gathering intelligence.

 

Read summaries of the polls here:
Americans have mixed views on use of torture in fighting terrorism | Pew Research Center.
Americans Find Some Forms of Torture More Acceptable than Others | YouGov

 

Get the full CIA Torture Report here:

 

Read the articles of the UN Convention here:
United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

 

Find out more about the US’s systematic use of ‘enhanced’ interrogation here: