Actually it is. So is Pro-Death Penalty.
The actual conservative position is close Gusntanamo and give prisoners Constitutional rights. That would've been the position of Robert Taft (Mr. Republican). These modern conservatives were scared away from their real values by 9/11.
No. I dont think this is a political issue. More of a moral issue.
That depends on what you mean. If you're referring to only the EXTREMIST conservatives, then yes. However, if you're referring to ALL conservatives in general, then no.
Shouldn't be. Conservatism should mean a respect for individual rights. Don't know why no one's noticing the shift to utilitarianism right now...
Torturing people who decide to be open-minded is certainly an islamic position though.