Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) pushed back on Monday against President Barack Obama’s comments this weekend condemning waterboarding, even referencing the movie “G.I. Jane” in which the character played by actress Demi Moore is subjected to the interrogation tactic.
“The president is the benefactor of a lot of information that came from waterboarding,” West said on Fox News. “When you look at the precedent, non-state, non-uniform belligerents captured on the battlefield under the Geneva Convention are not afforded the same type of rights. We can make that determination.”
“As the president, you need to do those things which are necessary to make sure that the American people are kept safe,” the Republican congressman continued, adding, “and furthermore, in the movie ‘G.I. Jane,’ Demi Moore was waterboarded.”
During his stay in Hawaii this weekend, Obama called the interrogation technique “torture.”
But West insisted that it is the responsibility of a military commander to protect the men and women in uniform through whatever means necessary, as the congressman said he himself did when he fired a pistol over the head of an Iraqi detainee in 2003.
“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 the men and women in uniform.”
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