In an interview on ABC’s "This Week," Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said he wouldn’t be opposed to bringing back waterboarding as an interrogation technique.
Trump classified waterboarding as a “strong interrogation” tactic that he said is nothing compared to what Islamic State group does to hostages.
“I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” he said. “What they're doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head, that’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation."
Waterboarding, which the CIA used to interrogate terror suspects following the 9/11 attacks, involves placing a cloth over a subject’s face and pouring water over the top — creating a drowning sensation.
Trump also voiced support for surveilling mosques around the country in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“The people that are involved in those mosques, they know who the bad ones are and they know who the good ones are, but they don’t talk,” he said. “We have to surveile the mosques."
The real estate mogul and reality TV star also garnered criticism for suggesting that Muslims in the U.S. be classified in a database and given special identification.