Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

Sarah Palin said in a speech over the weekend that the controversial practice of waterboarding should be known as "how we baptize terrorists."

In a speech to the National Rifle Association on Saturday night, Palin said she would reinstitute the practice, which President Obama has labeled a form of torture. Those undergoing waterboarding have water poured over a cloth covering their face to simulate the feeling of drowning.

Palin said it's too valuable a technique.

"Come on! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America!" Palin said. "They who'd obviously have information on plots, say 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 baptize terrorists."

Obama has banned the practice, but former president George W. Bush and former vice president Richard B. Cheney have defended its use after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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