Fox News host Eric Bolling attempted to defend waterboarding on Monday by reviving a debunked claim that it aided in the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces, Media Matters reported.
“This argument just falls flat for me always: ‘They’re monsters and so we’ll just be a little better than they are,'” guest host Kirsten Powers said during the discussion. “I mean, that’s not an argument. I think you need to make a proactive argument in favor of waterboarding.”
“What we have said is that waterboarding produces results,” Bolling argued. “We got Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard to tell us basically information that led to Osama bin Laden through waterboarding.”
However, on top of being criticized by President Barack Obama’s administration and several lawmakers, at least two former CIA directors have publicly stated that the “enhanced interrogation” technique used during George W. Bush’s presidency did not provide any key intelligence.
A Senate investigation last year also found that waterboarding did not produce any information that was crucial to the US learning bin Laden’s whereabouts before he was killed during a raid in May 2011.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has already called for the practice to be re-instituted despite these findings, however.
Host Dana Perino, who worked as a spokesperson for the Bush administration, said she found it “remarkable” that discussion around the issue has been revived.
“We have come so far in just seven years,” she said. “To go from ‘It’s abhorrent, it’s never gonna happen again,’ both McCain and Obama campaigning against waterboarding. Remember, it wasn’t every terrorist that walked in the door got waterboarded. It was three terrorists. Now it can actually be a campaign platform and your numbers can go up.”
Perino’s argument that only three people were waterboarded while in US custody falls in line with past statements from Bush administration officials. However, those claims have also been questioned, though not conclusively debunked.
Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters on Monday, below.
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.
Trump-loving Minneapolis police union boss calls the cops on a reporter for knocking on his door
Lt. Bob Kroll, the Trump-loving president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, called the police this week on a Washington Post reporter for the purported offense of knocking on the door of his house.
In an effort to get Kroll to respond to the charges that were filed this week against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, the Post sent one of its reporter to Krolls house after multiple other requests for comment went unanswered.
"A Washington Post reporter who knocked on Kroll’s door was soon pulled over by a police officer who said that Kroll had reported suspicious activity on his front porch and that 'he doesn’t want any press,'" the paper reports.
‘I know a dying administration when I see one’: British journalist says brutal crackdown will seal Trump’s doom
British journalist Ed Luce called out Senate Republicans for covering a dying Trump administration that's threatening U.S. democracy as it gasps for survival.
The Financial Times' chief U.S. commentator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that President Donald Trump is trying to crack down on dissent and rally his hardcore base as the coronavirus and now nationwide protests against police brutality threaten his re-election chances.
"There are other Republican senators who are keeping silent because they know that what Trump is doing, what Trump is suggesting, is wrong," Luce said. they're scared of a backlash if they speak out."