Americans Favor Probe of ‘War on Terror’ Excesses
WASHINGTON – Two-thirds of Americans favor investigating whether the George W. Bush administration overstepped legal boundaries in its “war on terror,” according to a poll released Thursday by USA Today and Gallup.
Investigators also should look into the former president’s program of wiretapping US citizens without first securing court-issued warrants, respondents said.
About four respondents in 10 polled by USA Today (38 percent) favored criminal investigations, while about a quarter (24 percent) said they want an investigation without criminal charges being filed.
Some one-third of those polled (34 percent) said they want nothing done at all, the pollsters said.
The survey comes as the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights groups press for formal inquiries into whether the Bush administration flouted US and international laws banning torture and the constitutional right to privacy.
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