Donald Trump: United States should bring back waterboarding to fight Isis

November 23, 2015 11:20 am

 

said the should bring back waterboarding. Photo / AP

Donald Trump said the United States should bring back waterboarding
and other enhanced interrogation techniques to fight the Islamic State,
saying “we have to be strong” in the face of extreme brutality.
“You
know, they don’t use waterboarding over there,” the GOP front-runner
told George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s This Week. “They use chopping off people’s heads. They use drowning people. . . . We have to be tough.”
Stephanopoulos was asking Trump about comments he made recently to Yahoo that after Paris, the United States needs to be doing things that were “unthinkable” a year ago to fight the Islamic State.
Trump affirmed Sunday that waterboarding was what he had in mind.
“I
think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to ,” Trump
said. “. . . I would absolutely bring back interrogation, and strong
interrogation.”

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is second to Trump in a
new national Washington Post-ABC News poll, also didn’t rule out
waterboarding in an interview that aired Sunday with Stephanopoulos,
though Carson didn’t explicitly endorse it like Trump did.
“I
agree that there’s no such thing as political correctness when you’re
fighting an enemy who wants to destroy you and everything that you have
anything to do with,” Carson said. “And I’m not one who is real big on
telling the enemy what we’re going to do and what we’re not going to
do.”
President Barack Obama banned waterboarding, which the
Associated Press reports was used by the CIA for at least three suspects
in the 9/11 terrorist attacks under the President Bush administration.
But according to recent polling, Americans don’t seem to agree it should be taken off the table entirely to fight terrorism.
In
a December 2014 CBS News poll, 49 percent of Americans said it is
“sometimes justified” to use waterboarding and other aggressive
interrogation tactics to get information from a suspected terrorist.
That
answer split sharply along partisan lines, with 73 percent of
Republicans saying it is “sometimes justified,” 50 percent of
independents saying the same thing and only 32 percent of Democrats
agreeing. In that same poll, 69 percent of Americans said they consider
waterboarding a form of torture, and 57 percent said they think it and
other aggressive tactics are still being used by the CIA.
Trump’s
waterboarding comments were the latest in a series of hard-line,
inflammatory remarks he’s made after Paris. He has suggested surveying
or closing some mosques in America and calling for a database of all
Muslims in the United States.
And on Sunday, Trump said yet again
that he saw some Muslims in New Jersey cheering the day the World Trade
Center towers fell – a rumor that has been repeatedly disproved. He
first talked about seeing those images at a rally Saturday in
Birmingham, Ala.

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