Michele Bachmann comes out in favor of torture

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David Gregory and Michele Bachmann on Meet the Press this weekend.
Michele Bachmann longs for the good ol' days.

You know, back when George W. Bush ran this country, and terms like "health care reform" and "stimulus package" were distant from our everyday vocabularies. Back when a man could pour water over another man's face to simulate drowning, and it wasn't called torture. It was called being a patriot.

In Saturday night's presidential debate on CBS, Bachmann made the case for bringing back waterboarding, the controversial interrogation method used on terrorism suspects during the Bush administration.

"If I were president, I would be willing to use waterboarding," she announced, earning an eery applause from the audience. "And I also would like to say that today, under Barack Obama, he is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA...It is as though we have decided we want to lose in the War on Terror, under President Obama."

On Sunday, Meet the Press host David Gregory grilled Bachmann on her statements about Obama being soft on terrorism.

"Did you feel that way after he killed Osama Bin Laden?" asked Gregory. "Did you feel that way after he ordered more drone attacks on terrorists in Pakistan than the previous administration?"

Bachmann agreed that Obama has made some good "tactical" moves during his time in the White House, but maintained his administration has been filled with "strategic blunders."

"The only thing that we have available to us today is the Army field manual," continues Bachmann. "That's online. So terrorists can go ahead and read ahead of time what will happen to them when we capture them. And it's really, effectively, when we capture them today, it's a slap on the wrists. I want to save American lives, and that's why I want the CIA to have every tool available to them so we can win the War on Terror."

Herman Cain also said he would reinstate waterboarding over the weekend if he becomes president.

Obama was apparently not persuaded by Bachmann and Cain's arguments, however. At a press conference in Hawaii Sunday, he said the practice of waterboarding is "torture" and "contrary to America's traditions."

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Rasputin
Rasputin

A morman zellot coporate tool who wants to cut all government benefits aside from those that are profitable to his sponsors apppears to be the most qualified republican candidate to lead our country. Sad. True.

Johnny
Johnny

Hell, if CP promises to keep me on the front page so that my views can be read by all, I WILL PERSONALLY COME OUT IN FAVOR OF TORTURE.  Possibly even the selling of 'traditional' pets as food.

As much as CP hates MB, they sure give her a lot of publicity.......

IHW
IHW

I heard Michele knows someone who's in a movie tonight at Riverview Theater and will be there. Some movie called In Harms Way.

Emmett North Jr.
Emmett North Jr.

Somehow i think water boarding is a form of torture what in the hell else could it be,it wouldn't be so dreaded if it wasn't torture,theres no way trying to make it something it's not,believe me if you feel as though you're drownding that's torture to me and i know what that feels like,some people for the idiots on the right like Bachman,her husband,Knute,Mitt,Perry,Cain etc. etc. are simply idiots and are not for the 99 percenters (the majority ) in this country,it's really crazy when many poor white's and a few idiot blacks tend to keep voting against their own self interest,these people are crazy and 'Out To Lunch',if i could move back to europe now i would,there's not as much bullshit over there until the republicans,angelican christians and wall street moguls screwed up the economy worldwide.After George Bush and Chaney has left the country and world screwed up would an idiot vote republican again,they wished we would all just die and millions feel the same,Emmett North Jr. 

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

I just don't get the continued, ad nauseum bashing of Bachmann.  Is there something to prove here?  Will this make a difference?  Is there any content?  I don't think so.

I think your time would be better spent writing / promoting some agenda that would promote something positive.

Otherwise it just a "'yawn, oh really"

green23
green23

I just don't get your continued, ad nauseum bashing of CityPages' blog section. Is there something to prove here? Will it make a difference? Is there any context? I don't think so.

I think your time would be better spent somewhere else, rather than repeatedly showing up here and telling us that the articles we are reading are stupid and pointless.

You seem to want CityPages to be very similar to RedState or FoxNation. I don't think that's going to happen.

I don't consider a publication that is quoting Bachmann's own words to be "bashing", either. I also think that it's completely pathetic that our 'real' local media refuse to cover Bachmann's remarks.

If you support Bachmann, isn't an article explaining her position, in her own words, a positive thing? It's actually a little odd when Bachmann supporters demand that the media *ignore* their candidate's public statements, isn't it?

As someone who actually read the article, I found that the context was provided. There was even a link to the Gregory interview. The President's response to the remarks were also included.

Rasmussen (the most right-wing national pollster in the country) published survey results that showed 51% of Americans think that Bachmann's views are "extreme". Only 27% consider her to be "mainstream". In addition, 59% of Minnesotans have an "unfavorable" opinion of her. In a hypothetical match-up with Klobuchar, Bachmann loses by 20 points. Even Republican primary voters have her at 3% support nationally.

You seem to be in the minority as a person who takes her seriously.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

Yeah how is it even news that an elected official says and does stupid things like every single day?  It's not like she is running for President or anything.   Why is it a big deal that Michelle is so nutty?   It's not like she wants to have the power to shoot nuclear missles or anything.     Why is it so important that Michelle is constantly lying?   Does she have power over people?   City Pages pretends she can tax us or make laws that we have to all obey.    I can't believe how stupid you people are to cover a Congressperson who may be clinically insane.  Move on and cover the important issues like who Kim Kardashian is fucking and how she feels about Minnesota!  

Emmett North Jr
Emmett North Jr

I'll make this short and sweet,it's like Bill Maher's been saying for months Michele Bachman is a crazy woman and wants to go back to the dark ages,is this bitch 'MAD' or just a another republican idiot,her and her funny husband should just disappear end of story,Emmett North Jr.

Michele Bachmann
Michele Bachmann

I don't support torture!   If elected president I support putting my hubby Marcus in a room with any tied up terrorist!    He would get something out of them I promise you that. 

Emmett North Jr
Emmett North Jr

He would get something out of them alright with his funny gay acting self,you're an idiot and your husband's a queer,you people should just go away,you're two very stupid people with a little money,just die already! Emmett North Jr. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

David Gregory the Democrat shill better watch out: Chelsea Clinton will be taking his job soon. The 1% ers (bill and hillary) just had her hired (without an interview) to a top position at NBC. Wow where are all the OWS people? They need to head down to NBC and do a little protesting. Another elitist has joined the ranks of NBC

green23
green23

Hey, it's another one of Mn Voter's completely off-topic comments demanding that Democrats "do something". Why don't YOU go "down to NBC and do a little protesting"?

It's kind of odd that you, who have repeatedly shown visceral contempt and rage for OWS, should be in the position of selecting targets for their protests.

You're a real OWS supporter, aren't you? You're not a right-wing shill pretending to be a moderate, are you?

Let's look at the record, in your own words:

"I live in the 6th district and will vote early and often for Michele Bachmann."    http ://tinyurl. com/7tvlra3

"Obama doesn't like Waterboarding. I say it's legal and not torture!"    http ://tinyurl. com/7y2v2xl

"Fucking Saddam is dead and the middle east is rolling the dictators over. Way to go Bush!"  http ://tinyurl. com/7csb2v5

"She is so clean and professional looking. I'm getting a tingle down my leg just thinking about calling her: Madame President Bachmann" http ://tinyurl. com/6sgwmss

"Next election I vote early and often. I know I can get away with voting at least 5 times. Anything is takes to re-elect Bachmann...Anything it takes to win!"  http ://tinyurl. com/6pu75up

"Anyone voting for a democrat is a war criminal and murderer."  http ://tinyurl. com/7lc2nvw

"Nice try you liberal misfit. (by the way, I'm a moderate, voted for McCain and am not a TeaParty person)."  http ://tinyurl. com/78ep9gh 

"No I voted for O'bama and am one of those independents everyone wants around election time." http ://tinyurl. com/bu5bj4g

"As a long time Republican (strong TParty leanings) we need to know when we have won."  http ://tinyurl. com/bvvqny5

Who, exactly, do you think you are fooling?

Willard D Russell
Willard D Russell

I have said for a couple of years that the TeaParty wants to take America back to the dark ages.Bachmann is living proof.

Quo Vadis
Quo Vadis

What a bizarre woman. She would do well to remember that this is the civilized world, where torture is evil, and just plain does not work. 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

except that Leon Panetta (D) said: "water boarding of KSM lead to a courier that lead to Osama where the Navy Seals shot him". Is Leon Panetta bizarre? If so, why is he still in Obama's administration?

E K
E K

However, assassination is fine?

Greg
Greg

I like Michele Bachmann's new look. Kinda looks like a teen age BOY.  Maybe she is hoping no one will recognize her ? Oops,, she opened her big mouth,, and YUP,, it's her, allright !!

GOD
GOD

how can win the war on terror when terror is subjective?

Susan Rego
Susan Rego

Here is how Michele Bachmann counts: ...seven, eight, nine, ten, one-one...

vitajex
vitajex

Michele Bachmann LOVES torture.

It's what she does to logic on a daily basis!

Don't Tread On Me
Don't Tread On Me

So the GOP supports torture. Obama does not, but he does support assassination. And there is no other option. Really, CP? Are even you so biased as to not present another position. One that makes traditional sense, such as say, oh, using our judicial system! How about presenting a voice that differs. Ron Paul 2012.

Top88
Top88

Who is Ron Paul?

green23
green23

Is Ron Paul a local or State politician? If not, why would you imagine CityPages would be presenting his ideas?

The article isn't supposed to be an in-depth unbiased exploration of interrogation policy. It's a blog post about how one of our local politicians is saying controversial things.

cma cma
cma cma

Mannix' headline is a lie. MB came out in favor of waterboarding, not in favor of torture.

Macho Muchacho
Macho Muchacho

Of course its a lie. LOL...did you think you were going to get something different from this ragged piece of trash...

And waterboarding is not torture. Our boys and girls in uniform go through the same thing during training. Yes, it is very very unpleasant, but its not torture.

If youre looking for torture, you need to go read the Koran, and go to http://www.thereligionofpeace....to really see what torture is about.

Gigiswims77
Gigiswims77

If it's not torture, what category would you like to put waterboarding into? Something fun to do at parties?

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

waterboarding is torture-we court martialed a US Lt, during Viet nam for doing it to the enemy-it was deemed illeagal by US Generals-

SansDeity
SansDeity

Don't forget, we also prosecuted the Japanese for it as well post WWII.

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