Mike Pence Refuses To Rule Out Torture In A Trump Administration

Mike Pence Refuses To Rule Out Torture In A Trump Administration


Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Sunday did not rule out the U.S. using torture tactics like waterboarding to combat terrorism.

“We’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do,” Pence said of President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with “Face the Nation.”

Will Trump allow waterboarding? “We’re going to have a president who will never say what we’ll never do,” says Gov. Mike Pence. pic.twitter.com/GuFaQPXM8q

— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) November 20, 2016

Pence was speaking in response to the clear anti-torture message Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made to the president-elect one day earlier.

“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it,” McCain said during a panel discussion at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia on Saturday.

The moderator had asked McCain what power Congress had to “rein in” a president who “does things which you find intolerable.” The senator noted that waterboarding, a torture technique that simulates drowning, is illegal in the U.S., is not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual (which dictates acceptable interrogation practices) and is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.

“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you, there are a bunch of us who would have [Trump] in court in a New York minute,” McCain said, snapping his fingers.

Trump and others in his nascent administration have carved out a clear stance in support of torture as an intelligence-gathering or counterterrorism tool.

Trump himself has stated explicit support for waterboarding and torture throughout his transition from business mogul to presidential nominee.

During a Republican candidate’s debate in February, Trump said he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” In March, he said he would seek to “broaden” laws to allow torture in order for the U.S. to “better compete” with tactics used by terrorist groups like the Islamic State.

To stay safe, the U.S. is “going to have to do things that are unthinkable almost,” Trump told a New Hampshire news station during a one-on-one interview in June.

Trump’s pick for CIA chief reflects his pro-waterboarding stance. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) in 2014 criticized President Barack Obama for outlawing torture techniques like waterboarding in intelligence gathering.

McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was tortured as a prisoner of war, has noted that torture is largely ineffective and is more likely to yield bad intelligence to interrogators; he cited the case of 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed giving false information to his interrogators as one such example.

Many of McCain’s Republican colleagues have argued that torture works.

“My God, what does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” McCain said Saturday. “It makes it hard for us to make the argument about the moral superiority of our government and our way of life.”

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-waterboarding_us_5831e4c4e4b030997bbffa1d

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One thought on “Mike Pence Refuses To Rule Out Torture In A Trump Administration

  1. It is hoped mister future VP of the USA that the Trump administration will NOT order any American soldier or anyone other American citizen to torture anyone, as when the Trump Administration will order anyone to commit a crime against humanity it will be the administration that will be held accountable and responsible, and be treated accordingly, in other words, the members of the Trump administration will be subjected to that treatment that it has ordered its soldiers or any other American citizen to subject prisoners and or other individuals to!

    Meaning that when the Trump administration does order waterboarding on a prisoner, or accords such an order given by a commander or anyone under the responsibility of the Trump administration, regardless of the position of the member of the Trump administration, including but not limited to the President and or the vice-President, waterboarding will be performed on that member!

    Under international law but moreso under national American law it is prohibited to subject anyone to practices that are inhumane, considered crimes against the American People, as well as crimes against humanity, I refer to the relevant articles of the Constitution of the United States of America, which explicitly forbid torture and mistreatment of prisoners and or other individual!

    Mister Vice-President, be aware that when you order, accord or instruct in what way or form ever the or a torture of an individual it will be you, as Vice-President of the United States of America, as well as the President of the United States of America, who will be held accountable and responsible, and that the possibility does exist that you as well as the President of the USA be subjected to practice and implementation of as well international as national law!

    When the Trump administration will have become active, as of January 20th 2017, the world will scrutinize the administration, and look very carefully on what instructions, orders and or accords are given, and that the world will act accordingly!
    And that the People of the World are more then willing to subject those who are accountable and responsible for breaches of international law to the law relevant!


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