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A recent survey by the BBC shows the sentiments towards torture in different countries.

Torture of prisoners survey

I feel sad that the two countries that I am associated with: Israel and the U.S. are so high on the torture approval list. And between them is Russia which is confidently marching on the path towards authoritarianism.

I am a privileged citizen among globally oppressive regimes.

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  1. Dvir says:

    I wonder if there’s any correlation between terror levels in certain countries and its citizens’ acceptance of torture.

    I also wonder what was the exact question presented at the survey. Did it relate to ‘torture’ in general or to torture of ‘ticking bombs’ and the like?

  2. Administrator says:

    This is the exact question:

    Which position was closer to your own views?

    * Clear rules against torture should be maintained because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights standards against torture.
    * Terrorists pose such an extreme threat that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of torture if it may gain information that saves innocent lives.

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