As a candidate, Donald Trump made his intentions quite clear.
On November 23 2015, Donald Trump proposed torturing people suspected of committing crime, even if the torture doesn’t result in any positive outcome. “Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would. In a heartbeat. I would approve more than that!,” Trump declared. “Even if it doesn’t work, they deserve it anyway.”
On December 2 2015, Donald Trump proposed killing the entire families of people suspected of terrorism: “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”
Donald Trump ran for office to be the Torture President. And now, with a new executive order, Donald Trump will actually be the Torture President. The Trump administration has been circulating a draft executive order on Capitol Hill, seeking feedback among Republican members of Congress for a plan that involves an decision to “reinstate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States and whether such a program should include the use of detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
The International Business Times describes what the CIA’s secret prisons, the ones Donald Trump seeks to reopen, were all about. They were all about torture:
In Afghanistan, a “black site” that has emerged as the most brutal was “Detention Site Cobalt,” which was built outside Kabul for $200,000 in 2002, according to the Senate report. Described in the report as the “Salt Pit” and the CIA prison most like a “dungeon,” it was dark inside 24 hours a day. Torture tactics employed by interrogators there hoping to “break” the site’s prisoners included dousing suspects in water, leaving them in cold cells and blasting music to keep them up for days at a time. Forced rectal feedings also took place.
In Iraq, Abu Ghraib housed terror suspects between 2003 and 2006, which was graphically photographed and detailed by former prisoners and interrogators. Their accounts and images became the basis of an international scandal over the use of tactics including waterboarding, sodomizing with objects and forced nudity. The torture at Abu Ghraib led to court martials and charges against a number of U.S. soldiers, some of whom went to jail for crimes including aggravated assault, battery and maltreatment.
On condition of anonymity, Trump administration officials have said that Donald Trump plans to sign this executive order within a matter of days.
Donald Trump will be the Torture President.