This past Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, In, the National Rifle Association held their "Stand And Fight" rally and one of the key speakers was former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Palin criticized the Obama administration for what she called "coddling" the enemy when dealing with terrorists. Continuing with her rant, Palin spoke about what she would do if she was "in charge."
"Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who'd obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen...Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we'd baptize terrorists."
Palin didn't stop at her waterboard comment, she also noted that creating gun-free zones in schools was nothing more than "stupid on steroids."
Waterboading is torture, something that is illegal and one of the main reasons is because it just doesn't work. Forcing a terrorist or prisoner to undergo waterboarding typically results in the one getting waterboarded telling what needs to be said in order to halt the process. Despite former vice president Dick Cheney claiming that waterboarding, or as he calls it "enhanced interrogation," "produced phenomenal results," multiple studies actually show the opposite. The Senate Intelligence Committee reported that in the case of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, "no evidence" was found that water-boarding led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.
One of the most outspoken voices on the issue of waterboarding is former independent governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura. Ventura, who has experienced waterboarding during his training in the military, notes that the one getting waterboarded will simply say whatever it takes for it to end. In a statement that went viral, Ventura once said "you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."