If you believe the president, you might want to read this.
In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said that he believes torture is the worst of all imaginable crimes, and that he would be willing to use torture if it helps bring down a terrorist group like ISIS.
He added that he will use it on people like Chelsea Manning and “a lot of other people.”
The Trump administration has not said exactly how it would do this, but the administration has previously used torture on some of its own detainees.
The New York Post reported that “one of the officials involved in the program, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the CIA was using a ‘torture chamber’ that allowed it to monitor detainees for weeks without ever being told they were being used.”
The CIA, the Post reported, “used the same torture chamber on detainees it used on terrorism suspects, including former detainees and others who had been captured during interrogations and who had not been formally charged.”
If the Trump Administration were serious about bringing down ISIS, then it would use torture, not just on suspects but on anyone suspected of having ties to ISIS.
And if they did torture people like Manning and Assange, then they should have been held accountable for doing so.
Trump’s statements are consistent with what former CIA director Mike Pompeo told reporters in March: I do think we need to look at things like waterboarding, I do believe that waterboarding is something that’s used.
He said that “I think it was in the ’80s.
I think it should be abolished.”
But Trump has made clear that he doesn’t believe in torture, and Pompeo’s comments indicate that he’s now convinced that waterboardings are torture.
Pompeo added, “I believe waterboarding should never be used again.”
It’s true that waterboards are a particularly unpleasant torture, but Pompeo has also said that the Obama administration’s use of waterboarding in interrogations of terror suspects is “a little bit worse than waterboarding.”
Pompeo also said, “The United States does not have a long history of waterboard use, or torture, which I believe is the appropriate tool.”
But Pompeo was wrong on the facts.
In 2015, President Obama authorized the CIA to use waterboarding against suspected terrorist suspects in an effort to extract information about the whereabouts of Abu Zubaydah, the CIA’s top interrogator who was captured in Pakistan in 2003.
Zubayder’s interrogation by the CIA lasted two months, and in 2009, the Senate Intelligence Committee recommended that Obama “immediately halt the use of interrogation techniques which caused pain and suffering” on the grounds that water was used in a “humane and appropriate manner.”
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post in June 2017, former Bush administration official Michael Hayden called waterboarding “one [of] the most effective forms of torture,” and he called it “a tactic that has been employed to obtain information from suspects who have cooperated with the U.S. Government.”
The Senate Intelligence Report also noted that the CIA “used waterboarding on prisoners who had cooperated in the torture program.”
It wasn’t until after Manning’s leaks of classified documents that Congress officially began investigating the CIA for torture, with an independent panel set up in the wake of Manning’s release.
It is not known if Manning’s lawyers ever met with the Senate committee.
It’s also not clear whether the Senate panel ever found any evidence of water torture being used against Manning.
In the end, Manning’s supporters are hopeful that Trump will finally end waterboarding and that his administration will end its use of it.
The Trump White House has a history of lying about the number of people tortured and torturing prisoners, but it’s clear that this isn’t the first time that Trump has lied about the extent of torture in his administration.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly claimed that torture was nonexistent.
He even went so far as to claim that water torture was “the greatest thing ever.”
Trump’s claims about waterboarding are completely false, and he’s already promised to end it if he wins the presidency.
The administration has already committed to waterboarding some detainees, but that has never happened.
The number of water-tortured prisoners is unknown, but some estimates put the total at between 50,000 and 100,000.
The Obama administration also used waterboarding as a form of interrogation, but waterboarding was only used on individuals who were captured during the CIA interrogation program.
When Manning and others were captured, they were placed in a water-tight container that was supposed to simulate a “full-body cavity.”
When water entered the watertight container, it would make the detainee feel as though he was being suffocated.
After a detainee was waterboarded, he would sit on the toilet for several minutes before being placed in another container.
When a detainee did not want to sit on a toilet, he was given a piece of cloth to wear over his mouth and nose