II guess Dick Cheney won the torture waterboarding debate, because Rasmussen said so:
[A]ccording to today’s Rasmussen survey:
Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure.
There’s this, too:
Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters think the attempt by the Nigerian Muslim to blow up the airliner as it landed in Detroit should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act. Only 22% say it should be handled by civilian authorities as a criminal act, as is currently the case.
My conclusion: the debate is over, and Dick Cheney won it.
Aaaah…Rasmussen. Two things about the post from the really patriotic folks at Powerline:
- Rasmussen polls have this weird tendency to tell Republicans mainly what they want to hear.
- Even if Rasmussen did not have some inherent bias, the results of the poll matter not a whit. What matters is the law, not public opinion. Of course, public opinion informs the law, so that if public opinion is strong enough, we should have the debate and change the law. But that hasn’t happened. Cheney broke the law and as such is a criminal. His thinking and therefore the thinking of folks such as those on Powerline are that of fear, so much fear that the Constitution will not survive if allowed to flourish. It is folks like this, and not Andrew Sullivan and Jack Goldsmith, that are anti-American.
If you really want to fight radical Islam, this is how you do it: