7 Mar 2016

Donald Trump wants US law changed to allow torture of Islamic State militants

Donald Trump wants US law changed to allow torture of Islamic State militants


Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that as president, he would push to change laws that prohibit waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation methods, saying their ban puts the United States at a strategic disadvantage against the militants of the Islamic State.
Last week, in a series of interviews and events, Trump has made a set of principles which, if passed, would mark a fundamental change in American foreign policy limits established by Democratic President Barack Obama and the Republican Congress led loose, but expansive. In addition to argue reinstate waterboarding, a technique that replicates the sensation of drowning and "much more than that," Trump advocated the killing of women and children, persons suspected of terrorism appears in violation of international law.



"We have to play the game the way they play the game," Trump said in an interview on CBS ' "Face the Nation" Sunday, a day after he told an audience in Florida that he would fight to expand the law governing the interrogation.

"I want to strengthen the law," he said Sunday, "so we can compete better. "

Trump's comments come as the US continues its battle against militants of the SI throughout the Middle East. Trump has repeatedly stressed the tactics used by the group, including public beheadings and drowning in a locked cage, as proof that the United States must step up considerably the tactics it uses.

During a press conference Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida, on the occasion of his last election victories, Trump declined, however, to articulate precisely what techniques he would like to see added, despite repeated questions. Instead, he said, "it is very difficult to successfully beat someone when your rules are very flexible and their rules are limitless, they have unlimited, they can do what they want to do."

Sunday pressed on why he believed waterboarding was prohibited, Trump said, That in the United States were "weak" by not using the tactics of the militants.

"Because I think we're a little - I think we became very weak and ineffective. I think that is why we are not fighting ISIS. "It is this mentality, he said, using an acronym for the militant group.
"Is not that what separates us from the savages? 'Host' 'is the Nation ", asked John Dickerson.
"No, I do not think so," said Trump. "No, we must fight the wild. "
"We have to play the game the way they play the game you're not going to win if we are soft and they are -. They do not have rules," he said.

In 2009, Obama issued a decree saying all staff of the US administration and entrepreneurs - not just those in the military - are forbidden to use interrogation techniques that are not in the manual of the army. Which was reaffirmed last June, when many Republicans joined all 44 Senate Democrats in voting 78-21 one month after a Senate Intelligence Committee report criticized the harsh interrogation methods, arguing they had proved ineffective.

However, other former CIA officials, including former deputy CIA director Mike Morell, maintain that waterboarding and other harsh methods have yielded vital information.
Trump appeared, at least briefly, to soften its position after nearly 100 foreign policy experts signed
an open letter denouncing saying its "broad embrace of torture" was "inexcusable".
Former director of the CIA Michael Hayden and others also weighed, saying military officials refuse to execute any order Trump who violates the Act.

At the last Republican debate, Trump insisted that US military officials obey any order he gave them, saying "they will not refuse me. Believe me. "

The next day, his campaign released a statement that Trump "would use any legal power" to stop "terrorist enemies." But he says he recognized the United States are bound by the laws and treaties, and that, as President, he would not order the military or other officials to disobey the law.