Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann claims that waterboarding isnâ€™t torture, but says it would be â€śabsurdâ€ť to find out for herself.
Rep. Bachmann has twice supported waterboarding, during the recent GOP debate and in an interview with Fox News.
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In an interview this week, the Des Moines Register editorial board asked Rep. Bachmann about the practice, which is deemed "torture" by international law.
â€śIs it uncomfortable?â€ť Rep. Bachmann asked. â€śYes, itâ€™s uncomfortable, but I am more concerned that we would prevent aircraft from going into the Twin Towers, taking them down, and taking out 3,000 innocent American lives, than I am about the comfort level of a terrorist, and what that means for them.â€ť
â€śBecause again, this is done under monitored conditions, where â€“ is it uncomfortable? Yes, I donâ€™t deny that itâ€™s uncomfortable. But a person is not going to lose their life, nor will they be permanently injured or permanently impaired by this. And itâ€™s done on very unique, strict circumstances.â€ť
â€śYou say itâ€™s being done on terrorists, but actually itâ€™s being done as an interrogation technique to determine who are terrorists,â€ť one editorial board member said off-camera. â€śThese people have not been tried. â€¦ If you think itâ€™s not that bad, would you ever willingly submit to it just to see what itâ€™s like?â€ť
â€śWell, I think it would be absurd to have the president of the United States submit themselves to waterboarding,â€ť said Rep. Bachmann, who is not president. â€śThere are those that have submitted themselves to it so that they can talk about it and speak about it afterwards.â€ť