Donald Trump recently promised to bring back torture of criminal suspects if he is elected.
The controversial statements were made during a recent appearance where he said he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
All of this, he promised, was in the name of “fighting terrorism.”
But his comments and the context of his statements were not limited to foreign detainment, he was also dealing with domestic incidences of federal law enforcement torturing suspects.
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Trump said to the audience last weekend, “In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. We have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before, as a group… I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
But he isn’t talking about rounding up ISIS terrorists overseas and torturing them – he is talking about torturing people who are merely suspected of having information related to “terrorism”, here in the United States. That is, after all, the context of the waterboarding controversy’s origins.
Waterboarding used to be illegal in the United States, but before it was banned, it was used in American prisons. The 1969 Inspector General’s report on American torture of American prisoners defined the “water treatment” method, used on jailed Americans as “cruel or unusual”. But Bush administration lawyers tried to redefine the drowning of defenseless prisoners as something other than – less than – torture.
Still, the practice has gained most of its notoriety due to its use by the CIA on detained suspects.
In November, Trump said that he supports waterboarding across the board – making no distinction between foreign or domestic use on suspects.
Even if the method doesn’t work, as some contended – resulting in people giving false confessions and the like – Trump said it doesn’t matter because “they deserve it anyway.”
Donald Trump has, in the past, called for Muslim American citizens to be forced by the government to wear badges, like those the Third Reich forced Jews to wear in Nazi Germany.
(Article by M. David and Reagan Ali)