Donald Trump on Monday said he would “absolutely” bring back waterboarding along with other extreme interrogation methods, known to torture suspects who are believed to have links with terror groups.
Trump addressing thousands of people in Columbus, Ohio, spoke highly of waterboarding and stated that he would “approve more than that.”
The interrogation methods were initially discarded by the Bush administration in 2006 amid torture concerns and lack of proven effectiveness.
The Republican attempted to justify his comments by comparing tactics such as waterboarding -a practice that simulates drowning- to methods used by ISIS.
“I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they do to us,” he said.
Trump is not the first Republican candidate to favor the use of waterboarding, which has been defined as torture by the United Nations.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina -ousted from her position as CEO in Hewlett-Packard in 2005- claimed that the tactic was important “when there was no other way to get information that was necessary.”
Last year, a Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded that extreme interrogation techniques failed to produce substantial information that the CIA couldn't have obtained elsewhere.
Trump, attempting to downplay the report said "If it doesn't work, they deserve it anyway for what they're doing to us."
The “enhanced interrogation techniques” formerly used in the most infamous program of the post 9/11 era on Guantanamo bay prisoners include methods such as waterboarding, painful bodily contortions, sleep and dietary deprivation.
In 2002, Gul Rahman a suspected Afghan militant, died from hypothermia after experiencing severe torture tactics which caused dehydration and excessive exposure to cold. The survivors on the other hand suffer from lasting psychological and physical damages.