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Trump calls for return to waterboarding

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 01:40

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls for a return to waterboarding and something ''worse,'' at campaign rally in North Carolina. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a return to waterboarding and something "worse," at campaign rally in Concord, North Carolina. Recounting a question on waterboarding at a recent debate Trump said, "I think we absolutely need it, we should have it, and if we can we should have worse," he said. "It's very hard to defeat people when you are playing by different games and different rules," Trump said. "So ISIS cuts off heads...they drown people, in cages, big cages steel cages, they drip them in the ocean they lift them up, they wipe out 40 people at one time," he said. "We are going to go by the laws, but I want to see if we can expand those laws and make them much more severe, we have to," he said. The issue of waterboarding and other methods of interrogation was raised during Saturday night's New Hampshire Republican debate aired on ABC. Waterboarding is the practice of pouring water over someone's face to mimic drowning as an interrogation tactic. Critics say it is torture, and Democratic President Barack Obama banned use of the method days after taking office in 2009. Trump's rival and a fellow leader in opinion polls, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, said during the debate that he would only allow limited use of the practice but said it did not constitute torture. Waterboarding was used by the CIA under the Bush administration during the early days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Its defenders say it helped to keep America safe by garnering more information from captives, but critics argued the method never actually yielded actionable intelligence. Republicans have been critical of Obama's decision to eliminate the practice, saying it telegraphs a position of weakness to the nation's enemies and concedes that the United States erred in using waterboarding.

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Trump calls for return to waterboarding

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 - 01:40