• Marcus Nichols

Trump Takes Controversial View on Waterboarding


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump says he is greatly in favor of bringing back the controversial interrogation practice of waterboarding in the case of suspected terrorists.

According to usatoday.com, Trump said "We have to fight so viciously and violently because we're dealing with violent people."

What exactly is waterboarding? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, waterboarding is a form of “simulated drowning,” in which “water is poured into the nose and mouth of a victim who lies on his back on an inclined platform, with his feet above his head.” During the procedure, water begins to fill the victim’s lungs, but not completely, and in this way, “the victim can be made to drown for short periods without suffering asphyxiation.”

According dailymale.co.uk, Hillary said, “I do believe we have to give our law enforcement and intelligence professionals all the tools they need to do the job to keep American safe, but I don't think they need to resort to torture.” Hillary clearly stated towards Trump that waterboarding and other means of torture were unnecessary.

Most people do not support the ideas of waterboarding that Trump has suggested, and this has actually caused him a number of votes in the polls. An article in the Washington Post from 2014, which was based on research going back to 2001, reported that public opinion is not in support of torture methods such as waterboarding. More recently, politico.com reported earlier this year that former CIA Chief Hayden said, “Trump will have to bring his own bucket to waterboard.”

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