Americans Are More Afraid of Being Tortured By Our Government than British, Australians, Canadians ... Or Even Chinese

George Washington's picture

Amnesty International conducted a global survey to find out how afraid people were of being tortured by their own governments if they are taken into custody.

The survey shows that the British, Australian, Canadian – and even Chinese people – are less afraid of being tortured than Americans.

Specifically, Amnesty asked whether people agreed with the following statement:

If I were taken into custody by the authorities in my country, I am confident that I would be safe from torture

Here are some of the results:


Also stunning, Amnesty found that most Americans believe that torture is never justified.

Specifically, Amnesty asked whether people agreed with the following statement:

Torture is sometimes necessary and acceptable to gain information that may protect the public

53% of Americans disagreed with that statement, and only 45% agreed:

Indeed, majorities in all but 5 countries say torture is never acceptable:

Given that it is universally known by top interrogation experts that torture interferes with the ability to extract actionable intelligence from the detainee and decreases national security, it is good that people are starting to wake up to the reality that torture is never acceptable.

Postscript: Multiple polls show that Americans are more afraid of our own government than of terrorists.  Given that the American government has gone somewhat rogue, and that Americans are afraid that they may be tortured if taken into custody, trust in the government will likely only continue to decrease.

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teslaberry's picture

the torture 'issues' is the same relevance to the general tenor of the u.s. war machine as the death penalty 'issue' has to the tenure of the prison industrial complex.

it is a fly on the ass of a massive beast.

torture as an issue is a distraction from the greater issue of an imperial standing army in hundreds of bases around the world.

for god sake we have permanent operations in africa , the u.s. has over 3000 soldiers in africa openly committed to doing whatever and whenever they want.

and you care about torture? you have 3000 people allowed to just kill folks for whatever reason the military and executive branch orders them to do so.

the u.s. invades entire countreis and sets up coup de ta and juntas all over the world. oh yea wait, torture is an issue.

bullshit . torture is just another tiny bullshit distraction when it comes to foreign policy.

and please do not retort to talk about the ndaa and the torture of americans. i am talking specifically about torture in the foreign military context.

kchrisc's picture

The "USA Freedom Act" in a country where one is supposedly "free."

Need I say more?!


kchrisc's picture

Sure they are. Local federalized gun and badge thugs do it to countless people on a daily basis.

RIP 80-year old Eugene Mallory.

Shot in his bed by L.A. County gun and badge thugs.


And latest of Chicago PD at their finest:

orangegeek's picture

Pick your poison folks.


Russians and Chinese who slaughter their own by the 10's of millions.  Gulag anyone?


Brits who controlled the massed by spreading disease.

French who did what the Germans did, but 100 years earlier.

Spanish who exterminated societies (Mayan what?).


Romans/Mongolians/Greeks/Attilla and His Friendly's - just bring a sword.


Like a dog chasing a firetruck - what are you going to do with it when you catch it.


So let's wipe out the US and all the Americans - now who runs things???


Right.  That's what I thought.

Chupacabra-322's picture

For those of you who have read Noami Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" this is exactly what's happening.

Literally, The School of The Amerca's have come home to roost.

khaproperty's picture

Americans sometimes ran away from not free countries in Europe to found the USA.

They are more realistic about possible governmental behaviour - and they are right.

European people have still not learnt enough in the past hundred years.

SMC's picture

Torture stimulates the pleasure centers of the jailer-interrogator.

The wars on terrors, drugs, ... , protesting, jaywalking, those stupid enough to call 911, etc... are only a convenient excuse for the stimulation and gratification of the thugs and enforcers currently employed by the crony-capitalists and their political minions.

JRobby's picture

Fucking priceless!

drendebe10's picture

All on the watch of the corrupt, arrogant, narcissistic, illegal indonesian kenyan alien muslim sociopathic ignoramus liar in chief.... and in  yesterdays elections incumbents overwhelmingly won... WTF???  The sheeple are more stupid than any one could possibly imagine....

BearOfNH's picture

Does "Chinese Water Torture" qualify as "Torture" here?

outamyeffinway's picture

Not good for the long term prospects of America. Or the short term for that matter. When people don't trust their own gov, it's a ticking time bomb.

El Vaquero's picture

Yes, a civil war is all but inevetable here, and that scares the holy fucking shit out of me.  Our government is corrupt as fuck and a good portion of our population is full retard.  Even though our government is rotten, people will find that it's not so simple as "GOVERNMENT BAD!" when it comes to squeezing the trigger when the front posts of their sights are on somebody's head.  

medium giraffe's picture

Gee, perhaps concentration camps are bad for PR.

DaveyJones's picture

that's why they made it a board game  

DaveyJones's picture

it's true, I'm tortured every time the president speaks

Pitchman's picture

The war on terror, Extraordinary Rendition, Government induced climate disruption, Drone strikes to assassinate American Citizens, the govt. backing of the "TERRORIST" enemy in Syria and Neo Nazis in Ukraine, and the emergence of our fascist police state with their monopoly on violence, it is all projected programing and it is all about fear.  Be affraid because it is coming to a theater near you

Only the blind do not understand when each and every individual decides not to play the game and facade will crumble.

These are all Bankster promotions; The Bankster MEME that war is a normal state of existence.

Wake up; we are coercing young people to sacrifice their lives for a war on a con-cept: terror. How does one wage a war on a concept? Further the bad guys are said to be a CIA derived enemy that they have now used in Libya and Syria to destabilize these countries. If the puppeteers now fund the supposed enemy when did it all begin and who exactly is the terrorist?

The only thing we need fear is fear itself.  Reject it.

Please see:

Liberty vs. Tyranny: Psyops and Responsibility -



The Indoctrinated West -

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't 'switched sides in the War on Terror' and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report


Please visit: Inflection Point -


litemine's picture

Yes Sir......America The home of the Brave and the land of the FREE.......................Bull Shit.

The land of the Monitered and the land where you have lost your Rights.

drendebe10's picture

... and where hard working, tax paying U.S. citizens get to pay for the grand imperial life styles of the corrupt ruling political elite and the free loading EBT sloths...

russwinter's picture

Still More Believable Than the Official 911 Story:


Chupacabra-322's picture

Yet, 45% of Americans favor it. That alone should tell you where we are heading.

kurt's picture


Cop shows. It would be easier to find a show that doesn't have torture in it. We have been brow beaten by hundreds of shows which feature torture as good. It started right about the time Bush's chihuahua Alberto Gonzales  was twisting logic and law saying it was ok to torture. The media began its brainwashing even earlier during the salad days of 911 when the show "24" graphically and regularly featured a bad guy strapped to a chair. How about the show "Homeland" with its orgasmic torture of everyone concerned? Bet you 10 bucks that Cheney loves torture.

Who are these media moguls? Who are the government officials who "deputized" these creeps? It's really bad that the media and news gathering services are so sickenly compliant with the major psy-ops. It's pitiful and reminds me how Elvis wanted an FBI badge and requested it of Nixon. Every local yokel news channel has its own little junior deputy. 

NickVegas's picture

I noticed the exact same trend. Torture was rarely depicted, and if it was, it was the bad guys doing the deed, and eventually, justice was restored by the end of the narrative. Now, the psyops is complete. It serves a number of needs, one it allows people to become comfortable with the concept, it increases the viewers overall fear level, and it protrays "good" people doing bad things for the right reasons.

Secret prisons in far away lands where people are kidnapped and tortured with secret kangaroo courts. That is the state of the nation. It is criminality at the highest level.


tip e. canoe's picture

OT, Nick: a belated +1,000,000 for this comment:

excellent analysis of the mechanism by which propaganda subtly infects the populace.

DaveyJones's picture

it's even become children's comedy - see Gingerbread man in Shrek

Pitchman's picture

Perhaps their snoooz buton has failed. Time for a wake up call.


Obama's Next Assassination Target  


Prejudice Separates Us From Truth
The Abstraction of Justice's picture

...or where you've been for the last 20 years.

DeadFred's picture

Sane people know that torture should only be used to deter banksters from their natural impluse to defraud, and even then only if lampposts and hemp ropes are unavailable.

The Abstraction of Justice's picture

I think we want posterity to remember we first gave them a fair trial before hanging and gutting them. Torture would discredit our moral authority.

AdvancingTime's picture

Little wonder Americans are afraid. Thanks to information leaked by  Edward Snowden we know the "black budget" last year was a massive 52 billion dollars. This is the money used in "secret" spy operations, and it is enough to send shivers down the back of those that cherish privacy.

This is beginning to look like the society we have read about the totalitarian society of Oceania described in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell's novel, all citizens of Oceania are monitored by cameras and are fed fabricated news stories by the government. More on this subject in the article below.

messymerry's picture

You know the really sad thing about this is that some PISSANT* bureaucrat from your choice of TLA will have no problem torturing somebody if they think they might get a promotion out of it. 

Here, this will make you feel better:  Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper singing "I Ain't Gonna Piss in No Jar".

PISSANT:  People In SuitS Are Not Trustworthy...

mogul rider's picture

Even the thought of gold pumpers pumping their 50K gold spew gets me to cough up passwords

gold purchases plummet - imagine that pumper pimps



shovelhead's picture

I am concerned about being captured by the Scots.

What could be worse than being tied up and forced to listen to them try to speak English?

I'd rather hammer nails in my ears.

Boubou's picture

At least they 'waterboard' in whiskey.

The Abstraction of Justice's picture

Being forced to listen to Liverpudlians speak English?

Emergency Ward's picture

Hear them down in Soho square,
Dropping "h's" everywhere.
Speaking English anyway they like.
You sir, did you go to school?
Wadaya tike me for, a fool?
No one taught him 'take' instead of 'tike!
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
This verbal class distinction, by now should be antique.
If you spoke as she does, sir,
Instead of the way you do,
Why, you might be selling flowers, too!
Hear a Yorkshireman, or worse,
Hear a Cornishman converse,
I'd rather hear a choir singing flat.
Chickens cackling in a barn Just like this one!
It's "Aoooow" and "Garn" that keep her in her place.
Not her wretched clothes and dirty face.
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him,
The moment he talks he makes some other
Englishman despise him.
English is painful to your ears?
The Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears.
There even are places where English completely disappears.
In America, they haven't used it for years!
Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?
Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning.
And Hebrews learn it backwards,
which is absolutely frightening.
But use proper English you're regarded as a freak.
Why can't the English,
Why can't the English learn to speak

-- "Why Can't the English" from My Fair Lady, Rodgers & Hammerstein

Zeta Reticuli's picture

Or worse, they could make you look under the kilt.

Bindar Dundat's picture

And the bad bag bagpipe drone is enough to get you to spill your secret recipe for  haggis

Comte d'herblay's picture

There's torture and then there's torture.

1% interest rates on savings, proclaimed as "Great Rates" is a form of financial torture. 

hrc, instead of at home learning how to bake, let alone running again for POTUS, is a form of mental torture.

bill clinton is a form of abusive power excused by men who sit down to pee, and faux feministas.

Reality TV is a form of entertainment torture.

Letting convicted, 100% guilty child killers live ( instead of frying their ass painfully) to dance, screw, and watch Seinfeld and Frasier re-runs is torture buy the "Justice" department. 

Barbara Wah-Wahs fourth retirement annoncement is a form of visual and auditory  torture.

Steve Tyler, Keith Richards, Meatball, Mick Jagger, and Elvis impersonators are another form of music torture.

Buble, is derivative impersonator torture

And not one member of the Jewish Mafia on Wall Street being indicted and having various proboscises  shoved up his ass by Bubba, is TARP and QE  torture.




Stuck on Zero's picture

Making young men sit in classrooms for 7 hours a day is torture.


Azannoth's picture

Anybody who agrees that Torture is acceptable (under some/any circumstances) should be tortured than summarily executed.

It's shocking that in most Western countries up-to 30% of people find torture acceptable.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Depends, does nail gunning count as torture?

kchrisc's picture

I personally believe that torture is one of the hallmarks of sociopathy. Torturing animals, the fat kid in the halls, some innocent into "confessing."

That the criminals of the DC US see torture as a legitimate function of government, I need say no more about the criminals of the DC US.


"My guillotine will get to the head of it."

xavi1951's picture

Did I miss the sarc in your first sentence?

Terminus C's picture

They work for "Law" Enforcement Agencies.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Just look at how many other War Criminal countries are accessories to Torture by having Black Sites.

At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA “covert support” to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report.

The 213-page report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organization, documents wide-ranging international involvement in the American campaign against Al-Qaeda.

The report, titled Globalizing Torture, provides a detailed account of other countries covertly helping the US to run secret prisons, also known as ‘black sites’ on their territory and allowing the CIA to use national airports for refueling while transporting prisoners.

Countries listed in the report include many from the Middle East and Europe.

The OSJI identifies Syria and Iran as two participants of the CIA’s rendition program.

DaveyJones's picture

interesting piece today on false Guantanamo "suicides" at 14 mins