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Poll Indicates US Allies Oppose Secret Terrorist Suspect Interrogations

06 December 2005

A new opinion poll conducted in eight nations that are U.S. allies indicates a majority of people do not want the United States to secretly interrogate suspected terrorists in their country.

The Associated Press-Ipsos poll last month asked people in Canada, Mexico, South Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain about their opinions on torturing and secretly interrogating terrorist suspects.

The poll shows a clear majority of people in every nation would oppose secret American interrogations conducted in their country. However, people were more closely split over whether it is justified to torture suspected terrorists to obtain information about terrorist activities.

A majority of respondents in Spain and Italy said such action would never be justified. But about half of people in Canada, Mexico, France, Germany and Britain said torture could be justified on certain occasions.

Some information for this story provided by AP.

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