Allen West Justifies Waterboarding by Saying He Saw It Happen in a Demi Moore Movie

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Ever seen G.I. Jane? Me too.
In the latest addition of nonsensical statements in the Rep. Allen West file, the congressman -- or "congresswoman," as he was inadvertently identified as by Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade -- made another television appearance to respond to President Obama's recent statement that waterboarding qualifies as torture.

West claimed the president was a "benefactor" of information that came from the waterboarding technique -- part of that claim has been refuted by Sen. John McCain -- and implied that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques may be fair game.

Also, he saw waterboarding in a movie once.

"I see that when we continue to read Miranda rights to people such as the underwear bomber, we are using the advantage and leverage that we have," West said. "And furthermore in the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore was waterboarded, and we do use that in military training and Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training."

Sounds legit. One time we watched The Godfather, and Clemenza says you're supposed to leave the gun and take the cannoli.

Let's roll the tape to see if West's reference makes any more sense:


We'll leave the interpretation of that one up to you.

West also briefly talked about his personal interrogation techniques in Iraq that got him in a bit of hot water.

"I used a psychological intimidation tactic to fire a pistol over his head, and it kept my men safe," West said. "Of course, they took it to an investigative hearing, but I'm here today as a congressional representative, and I still continue to fight for men and women in uniform."


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Arln1966
Arln1966

That's funny, I saw a white man whip a black man to death in a movie called ROOTS. Doesn't mean I think it is a good idea to do it, even if G. I. JANE WAS A FICTICIOUS FILM AND ROOTS WAS ACTUAL HISTORY.  Although, I wouldn't mind if it were to happen to Old Blood and Guts (and no balls or brains) West

Boris Badinov
Boris Badinov

I went through SERE training and I was waterboarded.  It wasn't pleasant.  When your sinuses fill up with water, you feel as if you are drowning, but you can still mouth breathe. Put your tongue against the roof of your mouth to block water droplets from hitting the back of your throat and triggering the cough reflex.

JOEL GOODMAN
JOEL GOODMAN

Congressman West is one of the few informed people in our Congress about military matters and world politics. Ill informed and left leaning "pseudo journalists" hate guys with guts and a history of service and courage. read any of the claptrap in our own PB Pravda aka Post and it is easy to see the extreme bias when a real man dedicated to serving his country, and not playing the PC games for the benefit of the limp wrist set appears on the scene. I believe this Henley person hasn't the record to compare to Mr West's and enjoys taking cheap shots as he is not man enough to take any other kind.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

If "informed" means " fired for war crimes" I suppose.

Prof. G
Prof. G

150 years ago, a Republican by the name of Abraham Lincoln was concerned about some of the treatment he had heard that Confederate captors were giving to Union prisoners, especially newly enrolled black soldiers. So Lincoln recruited a professor at Columbia University who was an expert on civilized warfare in Europe to draft a code of conduct that would prevent Union captors from abusing their Confederate enemies, and which might be honored in turn by Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee as gentlemen combatants. And, except for a few ghastly POW camps on both sides, the new rules were.

Some decades later, after the American tortures of Filipinos with waterboarding in 1898-1907, the horrors of poison gas in World War I and the Bataan Death March of World War II, conferees of civilized armed forces gathered in Geneva to adopt rules of war that would outlaw barbaric conduct on all sides. Largely copying Mr. Lincoln's basic blueprint, they created the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of modern war, which outlawed all forms of torture of captives, including waterboarding. Most civilized nations adopted them as tantamount to their own national laws.

The United States of America was a proud signer of the Geneva Conventions -- until the criminal administration of President Dick Cheney. The fact that war criminal Allen West -- amazingly, a Republican military man who is black -- endorses waterboarding should not surprise anyone. The fact that any American endorses waterboarding is a national disgrace.

Boris Badinov
Boris Badinov

Prof G,The Geneva Conventions apply to uniformed troops of a belligerent nation, not to rag wearing camel jockeys with AK-47s.  

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

What's worse, being waterboarded or having to listen to Allen West on a regular basis?

You ingest alot of water during the former, and alot of shit during the latter.

I'll opt for the water.

Judas' Priest
Judas' Priest

Allen West was kicked out of the military for using illegal interrogation techniques that he was not trained for, nor allowed to engage in.  What did it get him?The same thing torture always gets, bad intelligence, and in his case almost a court marshal.The man he interrogated and threatened was an innocent.So he saved 0 lives with his actions.What is that definition of insane, keep doing the same thing expecting different results?Some people never learn their lessons, and in West's case never learn to admit their wrong.West likes to play up the incident that had him forced to resign from the military less he face up to 10 years in Leavenworth, yet the truth is he went off half-cocked like he always does.There is a pattern here.The military didn't want this guy but some lame brain tea baggers did.They can have him.

Mr. Silverberg
Mr. Silverberg

ignorant, stick to the music, judas "entitlement" priest

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Bat shit crazy man emerges from his chamber of horrors once again. Sorry, I confused Adam West with Allen West.

I find it odd that in West's mind he is still a "soldier", yet he defies and scolds his Commander in Chief at every twist and turn. Make up your mind Westy. Is it batshit crazy soldier or batshit crazy politician? Pick one.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

I think the operative term here is "batshit crazy".  It is almost amusing that everything he is spouting does amount to treason.  Wasnt he with Kaufman calling for the violent overthrow of the country?  Not to mention all the crap he is flinging about like a demented monkey about his President.

Tanya Grimsley
Tanya Grimsley

That is NOT the reason that he gave he used that as AN EXAMPLE for those that don't "GET IT" to better understand. The man had to have this kind of tactics used on him. You make it out to be something it's not and it shows you know nothing about NATIONAL SECURITY and what it truly means to our nation. Look at the TORTURE our servicemen and women endured over seas, TORTURE being the keyword. Waterboarding is NOT torture. Keep showing the world the ignorance in main stream media by spinning things to suit your vile continual attacks on a man WORTHY of your support.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

The United States hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American prisoners of war.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

If it is not torture, then why dont you have it done to yourself?  Should be pretty easy.The fact remains that this TORTURE does not work.  Never in its long history has it ever worked.  All that it manages to do is breed more terrorists, or in their eyes freedom fighters.All this manages to do is make everyone hate us even more than they do already.  It makes us into hypocrites.

JOEL GOODMAN
JOEL GOODMAN

All the looney lefties use this argument, and it is wrong. We got lots of info using "enhanced interrogation methods" including the location of BinLadin and his top guys.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Wrong again skippy, we did not get any of that from torture.  Instead it was recieved by soft interrogation. In other words, the interrogator found a way to connect to the subject and ended up asking him.  Absolutely no ones location has been discovered by torture (or as you put it enhanced interrogation) and this has been backed up by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.  As they put it, torturing people actually made them less likely to produce any information.Really you tea baggers need to start reading stuff an not just parroting whatever talking heads tell you to think.

Model Citizen
Model Citizen

John McCain was tortured.  He says it's torture.  I believe him.

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