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Donald Trump Is So, So Wrong About Torture. Here's Why.

February 19, 2016

Speaking at a rally in South Carolina Wednesday, Donald Trump had some strong words about the usage of torture in interrogations.

"Believe me, it works," he said. 

Well, some people in the homeland security community would disagree with that.

"He's absolutely wrong here," said Juliette Kayyem, host of the "Security Mom" podcast and founder of Kayyem Solutions, a security strategies firm. "No one believes that he's right. No one who is an interrogator, none of the lawyers."

Kayyem pointed to the fact that waterboarding was used in the interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed upwards of 183 times, but a Senate investigation later found that the vast majority of the information gleaned turned out to be lies. 

We should not have the leading Republican candidate talking about this as an appropriate tool. Because it's not.

Juliette Kayyem

"Not only is anything he said not admissible in court, but secondly, no one believes that actually what he said was true—he was just trying to get out of more waterboarding," Kayyem explained.

"From the legal perspective, the operational perspective, the national security/foreign policy perspective, we should not have the leading Republican candidate talking about this as an appropriate tool," she said. "Because it's not."

Juliette Kayyem is the founder of Kayyem Solutions and the host of the "Security Mom" podcast. To hear more from Kayyem, tune into Boston Public Radio above.


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