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Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.
Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Mar 9, 2016. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.
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Learn more about Torture
After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks the George W. Bush administration authorized the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” at secret detention facilities around the world run by the defense department and CIA. The authorization approved the use of many techniques including beatings, binding in stress positions, hooding, sleep deprivation and waterboarding. In 2008 President Obama signed an executive order banning the use torture by the U.S. military and CIA. In 2016 the use of torture became a topic during the Presidential race when candidate Donald Trump suggested it should be used against the Islamic State. Opponents of torture argue that the U.S. should never practice torture since it is inhumane and illegal under international law. Proponents argue that the military should not be prevented from using torture if they believe it will keep the country safe. See recent torture news
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No, unless there is a known and imminent threat (like a dirty bomb set to go off). 2 years ago from a Democrat in Millbrook, NY
No. There should be a "bright line" between allowed interrogations techniques and anything that amounts to a war crime or crime against humanity. However, there may be discrete circumstances where there is a critical need to obtain life-saving... 2 years ago from a Democrat in Tower, MN
Yes, and add old fashioned disembowelment, quartering, and the rack!. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Pelham, AL
No, and prosecute those that authorized the uses of torture (waterboarding is torture according to the Geneva convention) including George W bush and Dick Cheney. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Mount Vernon, VA
Always keep in mind anything we condone to be done to others will also be done to us. Do we want our daughters and sons subjected to these techniques? If not then we cant do it to others. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Coral Gables, FL