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Almost 60 Percent of Teenagers Approve of Enhanced Interrogation

9:49 AM, Apr 13, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Daily Beast reports:

A new study by the American Red Cross obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast found that a surprising majority—almost 60 percent—of American teenagers thought things like water-boarding or sleep deprivation are sometimes acceptable. More than half also approved of killing captured enemies in cases where the enemy had killed Americans. When asked about the reverse, 41 percent thought it was permissible for American troops to be tortured overseas. In all cases, young people showed themselves to be significantly more in favor of torture than older adults.

The Daily Beast then goes on to accuse young folks of not having empathy anymore:

the generational tip-toe back from humanitarian legal norms may say more about a nation increasingly removed from the costs of war. “For young people,” says Harvard’s [Lawrence] Tribe, “to put themselves in place of a soldier is a level of empathy that most people simply don’t have anymore.”

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