AMNESTY International warned yesterday that a shocking one in three Britons believe that torture helps keep them safe.
A higher proportion of people in Britain see torture as a legitimate method of ensuring “public security” than in Russia, Brazil or Argentina.
“People have bought into the idea that their personal safety can be enhanced in some way through the use of torture,” said Amnesty International director Kate Allen.
The survey conducted with 21,000 people in 21 countries showed how almost 50 per cent of those quizzed in Britain shunned the idea of fully outlawing torture.
Amnesty blamed popular TV shows such as 24 and Homeland for romanticising abuse.
Ironically, Britons were the most confident they would not be tortured themselves.