While outgoing U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is making a flap about the recently-released CIA report on advanced interrogation techniques on his way out the door, it would seem that the American people just don’t have a lot of sympathy for potential terrorists. It looks like just about the only ones losing sleep over treatment of suspected terrorists…are the terrorists themselves. Or, perhaps Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman best summed it up when he tweeted the following yesterday:
The VA’s systemic failure of our veterans keeps me up at night. The interrogation of KSM does not.
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) December 16, 2014
That KSM in Coffman’s tweet is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is rotting in Guantanamo Bay jail cell for being the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, a heinous act that resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 innocent civilians.
A new national Washington Post- ABC News poll suggests that the American people share his view by almost a two-to-one margin. From yesterday’s piece on this:
“By a margin of almost 2 to 1 — 59 percent to 31 percent — those interviewed said that they support the CIA’s brutal methods, with the vast majority of supporters saying that they produced valuable intelligence.
In general, 58 percent say the torture of suspected terrorists can be justified ‘often’ or ‘sometimes.'”
The poll was conducted via cell phones and landlines on December 11-14, 2014 with 1,000 adults. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. To see the full results, visit www.washingtonpost.com/polls.
Ooops. Did we lead Udall down a thorny path by taunting him to get behind that CIA report? If so, we’re very sorry. Or are we?