Americans Support Full Due-Process Rights for Terrorism Suspects: Majorities Oppose Rendition of Suspects to Countries that Practice Torture Most Believe Abu-Ghraib-type Abuses Still Occurring


In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Bush Administration plans to try hundreds of foreign detainees before special military commissions, Congress has begun to grapple with the tough issue of how to set legal standards for the treatment and trial of those detained in the worldwide war on terror. Crucial to this debate is whether the American people support due-process and human rights for terrorism suspects. A new poll by shows that the U.S. public, whether Republican or Democrat, strongly supports such protections. Robust majorities said that detainees should have the right to not be held indefinitely without charges or a trial, to have a lawyer, to have their treatment monitored by the Red Cross, and to neither be tortured nor threatened with torture.