Updated: 5/16/2006; 3:50:43 PM.

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daily link  Sunday, January 22, 2006


Poll finds broad approval of terrorist torture:  "Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling."  The polling in Nov 2005, in the United States and eight of its closest allies, asked whether torture is ever justified:
  • In America, 61 percent of those surveyed agreed torture is justified at least on rare occasions.
  • Almost nine in 10 in South Korea and just over half in France and Britain felt that way.
  • In Canada, Mexico and Germany people are divided
  • Most people opposed torture under any circumstances in Spain and Italy.  ..
In the poll, about two-thirds of the people living in Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Spain said they would oppose allowing U.S. officials to secretly interrogate terrorist suspects in their countries. Almost that many in Britain, France, Germany and Italy said they felt the same way. Almost two-thirds in the United States support such interrogations in the U.S. by their own government."
  10:27:23 PM  permalink  

Truthiness 101: Nice definition.  "Democrats who go berserk at their every political defeat still don't understand this. They fault the public for not listening to their facts and arguments, as though facts and arguments would make a difference, even if the Democrats were coherent. It's the power of the story that always counts first, and the selling of it that comes second. Accuracy is optional. The Frey-like genius of the right is its ability to dissemble with a straight face while simultaneously mustering the slick media machinery and expertise to push the goods. It not only has the White House propaganda operation at its disposal, but also an intricate network of P.R. outfits and fake-news outlets that are far more effective than their often hapless liberal counterparts."  4:58:24 PM  permalink  

 
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