When I wrote last week about misplaced moral outrage, I wasn't intending to take a stance for or against waterboarding; I was merely expressing what I thought was a big hole in the public discourse.
The topic seemed interesting among my imaginary readers so I am passing on the results of a survey conducted by the congressman from my district. He posed the following statements and asked his constituency to indicate if they agreed (agreeing percentages indicated):
a) Waterboarding is justified under circumstances such as these because of the consequences. 77.58%
b) Waterboarding is never justified regardless of the consequences and the act itself has its own societal consequences. 17.28%
c) Undecided. 5.14%
Based on what I read, these results surprised me. I guess the news stories are simple artifacts of the ongoing partisan feuds in Washington and not necessarily indicative of a deep and bitter schism among the masses.