According to new research released by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of the American public believe that the CIA enhanced interrogation techniques were justified. These techniques include water boarding, rectal feeding, mock executions, Russian roulette, sexual abuse, threatened rape, assaults, sleep deprivation, and hypothermia.
However the research shows that the United States is not equally divided. 57 percent of men believe that the CIA’s interrogation methods following 9/11 were justified, while only 46 percent of women believe so. Likewise, while 76 percent of Republicans support the CIA’s methods, only 37 percent of Democrats felt the same. Young people were also less supportive of torture, as only 44 percent of 18-29 year-olds felt that the CIA’s methods were justified.
The reason for this public support may be because of how the CIA has been able to manipulate the press. According to the Senate report, the CIA “provided unattributed background information on the program to journalists for books, articles, and broadcasts, including when the existence of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program was still classified.”
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