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Pence Confirms: Torture Of Suspects Will Be Reinstated Under Trump (VIDEO)

On several occasions during the 2016 race for the White House, Donald Trump made statements similar to this one:

“(I’ll) bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Was that just posturing, a tactic Trump used to appear tough to American voters? Based on what Mike Pence said earlier today on Face the Nation, it would appear it was much more than just talk. Asked about the use of torture, by host John Dickerson, Pence proclaimed:

“We’re going to have a president again who will never say what we’ll never do.”

Pence’s defiant statement was a clear rebuttal to remarks made by Arizona Senator John McCain, who said on Saturday:

“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it.”

But what recourse would McCain–or anyone–have if Trump authorizes the use of torture against those accused of terrorism? McCain responded to that question with this promise:

“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you, there are a bunch of us who would have [Trump] in court in a New York minute.”

In case you were wondering, torture is also illegal. Waterboarding, a torture technique that simulates drowning, is illegal in the U.S., is not authorized by the U.S. Army Field Manual (which dictates acceptable interrogation practices) and is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions.

McCain added this about the very thought of using torture in any form:

“My God, what does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people? It makes it hard for us to make the argument about the moral superiority of our government and our way of life.”

Some of us are morally superior to the terrorists, but it doesn’t appear Donald Trump or Mike Pence can be included in that group of Americans.

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John McCain Takes To Senate Floor, Mocks 2016 GOP Candidates Who Support Torture (Video)

Even though I disagree with Arizona Senator John McCain on nearly every issue, I still consider him to be an American hero. This is a man who was a POW in Vietnam’s infamous Hanoi Hilton for five and a half years. This man knows what it’s like to be tortured simply because your country is at war with another nation.

So when John McCain speaks out on the topic of waterboarding or other methods that have been used on suspected terrorists, I think it behooves us to give his words greater weight than we do those of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, both of whom say waterboarding is legal (it isn’t) and, in Trump’s case, attempting to raise the bar by promising to do worse things than make a human being think he’s dying by drowning.

Earlier this week, Senator McCain took to the Senate floor and spoke his mind on what some of the 2016 GOP candidates have said in an effort to appear tough, remarking:

“It’s been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates on the campaign trail engaged in loose talk about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security and at the most fundamental level what we are fighting for as a nation.”

How true that statement is. And it needs to be repeated again and again, especially in a Presidential election year. Trump and Cruz probably don’t care what John McCain has to say on the matter, but were he to remain silent, he would be complicit in their shared madness and inhumanity.

I salute you, Senator McCain. Please never be afraid to call out the extremists in this country who love to talk but fail to consider the potential consequences of their hateful words.

Here’s Senator McCain reminding us all why torture is wrong, no matter the situation:

This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.