Donald Trump wants to bring back Bush’s waterboarding torture

This video from the USA says about itself:

US executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding

25 April 2009

CNN interview with Paul Begala and Ari Fleischer [of the George W Bush administration], leaving the latter dumbstruck when Begala reveals that the US executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding US soldiers.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Donald Trump would bring back waterboarding because it is ‘peanuts compared to chopping off heads

Who chops off heads? ISIS terrorists do: sometimes, they chop off heads of prisoners sold to them by ‘moderate’ Syrian insurgents, mentioned so often in Western regime change war propaganda.

Which government chops off heads? Only one government. No, not ISIS, as their ‘Islamic State’ is neither Islamic nor a state with a government. The only government in the world practicing death penalty by beheading is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia; in many respects, including cruel punishment, the role model for ISIS. But I don’t think that Donald Trump minds beheadings in Saudi Arabia. Like many people in government in the USA don’t mind beheadings when their Saudi royal allies do it.

Trump also continues to support the concept of a database for Muslims, despite comparisons to Nazi Germany

Adam Withnall

Donald Trump has said he would bring back waterboarding if he was made President.

Speaking in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the would-be Republican candidate said the interrogation technique, widely considered to be a form of torture, was “peanuts compared to chopping off people’s heads”.

The billionaire businessman sparked controversy at the end of last week by suggesting he would have all Muslims living on the US register on a database.

Mr Trump has since suggested the database would be “just for Syrian refugees”, but when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos if he would unequivocally rule out a database on all Muslims, he replied: “No, not at all.”

The US should “be very, very vigilant” of any refugees it accepted from Syria, he said, adding: “They should not come in, by the way. They should not be allowed to come in.”

“That’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.”

During the interview, Stephanopoulos pressed Trump on his support of the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – and the fact that he would have a watchlist for Muslims.

Asked if he accepted the fact that “under current law, individuals on the terror watchlist and the no-fly list have been allowed to buy guns and explosives”, Mr Trump said: “We have to have a watchlist, and if that watchlist has somebody that’s — you know, we have — you know, we have the laws right now. We have the laws already on the books as far as Second Amendment for guns, and as you know I’m a big, big, really big proponent of the Second Amendment.”

Trump did back away from comments on closing mosques. In an interview on Tuesday, he said the United States was “going to have no choice” but to close mosques.

But on Sunday, Trump said: “I don’t want to close mosques; I want to surveil mosques.”

Ben Carson, who faced criticism this week for comparing Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs”, wouldn’t say whether he would reinstate the use of waterboarding.

Trump also approved of a Black Lives Matter protester getting roughed up at one of his rallies, and tweeted this wildly inaccurate graphic on racial violence.

Donald Trump embraces open racism: here. And here.

Donald Trump’s white fascist brigade: His rallies are now a safe space for racism. An activist is beaten and taunted with racial slurs at a Trump rally in Alabama. This is just the beginning: here.

Paris attacks: Women targeted as hate crime against British Muslims soars following terrorist atrocity. Figures show 115 Islamophobic attacks in the week following the Paris killings, a spike of more than 300%: here.

Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse. Court ruling forces Pentagon to release photos after 12-year legal battle of abuse at military sites around Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Guantánamo Bay: here.

25 thoughts on “Donald Trump wants to bring back Bush’s waterboarding torture

  1. From the USA:

    My father Eli immigrated to America from Poland in 1921 after World War I at the age of 17. He was not a refugee fleeing war, although much of his family later became victims of the Holocaust. He came to America looking to make a better life. He never made a lot of money, but it didn’t matter because he was able to start a family and send his two sons to college. That meant the world to him and he loved this country.

    While my father came here as an immigrant, many have also come as refugees fleeing war, oppression and violence. That’s why I opposed the call of some to turn away unaccompanied children who showed up on our borders from Latin America. We must not allow the horrific violence we have seen in France and elsewhere to turn us from our historic role as a haven for the oppressed.

    In terms of the Syrian refugee situation we are now facing, now is not the time for us to succumb to racism and bigotry. In this moment, it is particularly important that we not allow ourselves to be divided by the anti-immigrant hysteria that Republican presidential candidates are ginning up.

    When hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and have nothing left but the shirts on their backs, we should not turn our backs on these refugees escaping violence in the Middle East. Of course we have to investigate the backgrounds of people coming into the country — and we will — but to suggest that we would even turn away orphans is incredible.

    Sign my petition to say you support continuing the refugee program that promises to resettle 10,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, who are escaping violence in their home country.

    The rhetoric and fear mongering about these refugees from some Republicans running for President is abhorrent and has no place in our political discourse.

    Donald Trump has not just called for keeping out Syrian refugees, he also said he thinks it’s a good idea to create a national database of all Muslims in America. Meanwhile, Ben Carson said some Syrian refugees are like “rabid dogs” and referred to the rest of Syrian refugees as just “dogs.” This disgusting rhetoric cannot be tolerated.

    Other Republicans have suggested rounding up existing refugees and deporting them. And yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted on a plan that would make it near impossible for the United States to continue our Syrian refugee program.

    This is not what America stands for.

    Syrians and other refugees from the Middle East are escaping unspeakable horrors. To get to our country, refugees already go through a vigorous vetting program by the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center, Homeland Security and the State Department. The process takes almost two years and refugees from Syria face additional scrutiny.

    We should continue our program to provide Syrians fleeing violence with the opportunity for a new life. I hope you’ll join me to stand together to admit Syrian refugees. Sign my petition here:

    Thank you for standing with me and making your voice heard on this important issue.

    In solidarity,

    Bernie Sanders


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