Allen West on Waterboarding Debate
Florida congressman weighs in on enhanced interrogation tactics
- Duration 5:30
- Date Nov 14, 2011
Florida congressman weighs in on enhanced interrogation tactics
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Okay the GOP presidential candidates weighing in on -- the water -- is indeed torture and should be used to interrogate terrorists they say mostly.
It's a good idea but the president last night about 1030 you know -- Feels different late.
Let's -- waterboarding is torture.
It's contrary to America's traditions.
-- country -- ideals that's not who we are that's not how we operate.
We don't need in -- words.
Prosecute the war on terrorism.
Joining -- right now from Florida Republican congresswoman colonel Allen west congressman.
I don't plug into the show I appreciate that thank you and I -- nothing good first of your answer to the president.
Well I would say this of the president's the benefactor of a lot of information that came from water -- And the most important thing is when you look at the precedent.
Non state non uniform belligerence capture on -- the on the Geneva convention are not afford the same type -- we can make that determination.
And as a president you need to do those things which are necessary to make sure that the American people are kept safe.
See that when we continue to read Miranda rights the people such as the underwear bomber.
We -- use an advantage in the and a levers that we have and furthermore in the movie GI Jane not Demi Moore was -- -- and we do use that in military training in survival escape resistance and the vision training.
And she ended up with a much younger husband in real life so that's -- related.
Colonel on top of that you're you're very it's -- about with this because you almost got court martial because the way you handled your the way you handle the situation we had a detaining your presence and he knew.
American -- which state.
Well that's a saying -- so as a commander that's my responsibility innocent responsible and not just to those -- but also to the families.
To do was necessary so I use a psychological intimidation tactic to fire -- -- say it.
And it kept mum is safe of course you know -- ticket to an investigative hearing but.
I'm here today as a congressional represented and I still continue to fight from men and women you know.
For how concerned are you that the super committee was ten days to come up with some -- agreement cutting over one trillion dollars from the budget as as well as other reforms.
That they're not gonna reach that budget is going to be some automatic massive cuts to defense.
Well I'm very concerned now what we saw last week was.
Members on the house and the senate GOP -- we're able to show them that you can get revenues now -- raising taxes.
But just by simply lower rates and then of course eliminating loopholes those -- -- within the within the tax code.
And they walked away from it.
So essentially say we have this little sheet that I carry around -- talk about the impact as a defense in -- to defend absolutely and so you're talking about an arm and it goes from five for six to 9000 down to -- 26000.
You're talking about going from two -- an 88 navy war vessels down to two or 38.
A hundred army -- -- times down the six to seven it.
And we can't have those type of things happen to a military we can't make the military -- the families.
Of the military or veterans the bill payers a -- response I just don't understand why cutting defense is bad for Republicans.
-- to cut defense down to those levels is good for Americans it's -- bad for Americans but I think that you have people on the Democrat side.
The -- the military is being in the bill Payer for what they wanna do -- force -- -- domestic welfare program.
It's something happened last week hit the nonmilitary related but certainly affects your economy the Keystone Pipeline -- being -- for a year yes the would have brought this friendly country called Canada and we would -- oil streaming from them they want the business we want to jobs yes you would seem to be a win win.
Are you surprised the president could that they could knock him over the decision.
No I'm not surprised because you have a campaigner in chief -- not a commander in chief the decision in Iraq to zero or out of troops there and now also.
The pressure that he -- from a Hollywood elites and from the environmental lobby group.
Which now affects our national security our economy and also as you say job creation to say that we're -- table this keystone XL pipeline decision until after the election.
When you become currently go through a lot of leadership courses district glasses from the from the day you get into and which UT which you achieve.
Where's the leadership quotient will -- a great would you the president our leadership was -- -- these tough decisions he just.
It's all well I think that you have to give and probably.
When we have the intelligence on Osama bin Laden and -- lock key he did give the Green light for us to go ahead.
But when you look at the day to day decisions have been made I think you don't have -- long ramifications because they've been made based upon political expediency and not for what's best for an.
And I just one of conclude by just ran -- following going back for second then it's really not waterboarding it's a minor point this big issue.
Yeah we still don't have an effective policy with detainees we don't know where to put -- we don't.
-- handled them that is the story.
It's absolutely story and when you look at what's happened Guantanamo Bay when you look at the fact that we've got to a general about and -- -- -- me.
Who we picked up from a house about the Somalia.
We kept him for about two weeks on a naval war vessel and then we turn him over to a law enforcement and read him his Miranda right.
-- think one step at a time going to be the best office she can be in the new deal to be that congressman Andy would you -- -- one of your goals -- -- president.
-- I can't say that I mean that's a decision that's -- you know really.
Appalling and that's something that the American people would have to look at my family what have you wouldn't rule it out -- Well I'm here to serve my nation.
And you do it.
Thanks so much for coming in New York if you have any problems with the streets I know my way around I grew up basically go to -- -- not like you down south it's a little different than Florida I have to tell.
-- buildings a lot more sense.
All right colonel -- some.