on the apocryphal ‘bad apple’ assertion

here’s some seriously shocking and saddening data from the pentagon.

the mental-health advisory team questioned 1,767 american troops and found the following:

  • 36 percent said torture should be allowed in order to extract important information
  • Only 47 percent felt that non-combatants should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Nearly one-third said their unit officers had not emphasized that mistreatment was unacceptable
  • Around 50 percent said they would be willing to report a fellow unit member for injuring or killing a noncombatant
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