Trump Backs Waterboarding And ‘A Lot More’ After Brussels Attacks

“Waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding,” Trump said.

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 Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event in Texas. (Photo: AP)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States should use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques when questioning terror suspects, and renewed his call for tougher US border security after the attacks in Brussels.

The billionaire businessman said authorities “should be able to do whatever they have to do” to gain information in an effort to thwart future attacks.

“Waterboarding would be fine. If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” program, adding he believed torture could produce useful leads. “You have to get the information from these people.”  

Waterboarding, the practice of pouring water over someone’s face to simulate drowning as an interrogation tactic, was banned by President Barack Obama days after he took office in 2009. Critics call it torture.

Trump’s main Republican rival, US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, suggested heightened police scrutiny of neighborhoods with large Muslim populations. Hillary Clinton, another arch rival said that “military leaders will tell you that torture is not effective.”

We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.
Ted Cruz, US Senator of Texas
This is how waterboarding is done. (Photo: <a href="">Twitter</a>)
This is how waterboarding is done. (Photo: Twitter)

Trump also called for increased law enforcement surveillance of mosques in the United States.

You need surveillance. You have to deal with the mosques, whether we like it or not. These attacks ... they’re not done by Swedish people, that I can tell you.
Donald Trump, US Presidential candidate

Islamic State claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s suicide bomb attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train in the Belgian capital which killed at least 30 people.

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