Donald Trump Again Insists He Saw Celebrations in New Jersey on Sept. 11

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Donald Trump calls for waterboarding to combat Islamic State.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he saw people cheering the Sept. 11 attacks across the river in New Jersey — but there’s no evidence that ever happened. WASHINGTON – Republican front-runner Donald Trump refused Sunday to rule out a third-party presidential run, as he vowed to bring back waterboarding as an interrogation technique for suspected terrorists.Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender for U.S. president, says he would return to strong interrogation techniques such as waterboarding if he were elected because their severity pales against Islamic State practices. “You know, they don’t use waterboarding over there; they use chopping off people’s heads,” Trump said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Waterboarding, a method of torture in which water is poured over the face of an immobilized prisoner to simulate drowning, is “peanuts” compared with that, Trump said.Donald Trump outlined yet more controversial steps he would take in the name of national security if he becomes president, calling Sunday for the return of the widely discredited interrogation technique of waterboarding and repeating that he’d track Muslims and shutter mosques in the U.S.

Backing away from a signed pledge he made in September to support the Republican nominee, Trump told “This Week,’ that’s he’s now taking a wait and see approach on whether to run as an independent. He said he “would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation.” Ben Carson, running 4 percentage points behind Trump in the latest Bloomberg Politics national poll, taken Nov. 15-17, declined to say whether he’d favor waterboarding, during an appearance on the same program. It was the latest in a series of inflammatory Trump responses to the threat of terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks that appear to have bolstered his poll numbers.

His comments comes as fresh polling shows Trump is the undisputed Republican front-runner — even as establishment Republicans are plotting attacks to take him down. Trump seemed to moderate earlier comments that were taken as support for a U.S. government registry of Muslims, saying he wants a database for refugees coming into the country from Syria. “When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse,” Trump said. “And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances.” “I don’t want to close mosques; I want to surveil mosques,” he said. A new Washington Post/ABC News national poll showed Trump leading the Republican presidential field with 32 percent, a 10 point lead over his nearest rival, Ben Carson. Without what he called “strong measures,” he warned, “you’re going to see buildings coming down all over New York City and elsewhere.” Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, also agreed with heavy monitoring of those with the most potential of leaning toward terrorism, saying “there’s no such thing as political correctness when you’re fighting an enemy who wants to destroy you and everything that you have anything to do with.” “We should monitor anything — mosques, church, school, you know, shopping center — where there is a lot of radicalization going on,” Carson said, acknowledging that it could require beefing up U.S. intelligence capabilities.

The effort proved mostly futile in producing useful intelligence about planned attacks and led to false confessions, according to the executive summary of a long-delayed Senate report that came out late last year. Trump, who ignited controversy earlier this week by calling for a registry of all Muslims in the United States, stepped up the hardline rhetoric in an interview with ABC News in which he advocated the use of simulated drownings, known as waterboarding, in interrogations of terrorism suspects. “I would bring it back.

John Kasich’s super PAC plans a $2.5 million negative campaign against Trump, while other GOP establishment officials are plotting a “guerrilla campaign” backed by secret donors to “destroy” Trump, The Wall Street Journal reports. I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us, what they’re doing to us, what they did to James Foley when they chopped off his head. Trump slightly shifted his position on tracking Muslims and closing mosques after a storm of criticism, including by other Republican presidential candidates.

I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down, and that tells you something. It was well covered at the time.” Rumors have surfaced over the years about Muslims cheering in Paterson, N.J., as the twin towers collapsed, but those claims were discounted by local police at the time.

The heightened fears generated by the November 13 attacks in the French capital has been seen by some as an opportunity for more politically seasoned candidates to gain traction with voters that has so far eluded them. As the 1 February Iowa caucuses approach, the apparently rock-steady ascendancy of Trump over his more moderate rivals has begun to alarm the establishment of the Republican party, with reports that efforts are being redoubled to try and knock the reality TV celebrity from his perch. When asked about it in a separate interview Sunday on “Fox & Friends,” Trump suggested the protester should have been “roughed up.” “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said. “The man that was — I don’t know, you say ‘roughed up’ — he was so obnoxious and so loud. Jeb Bush, the onetime Republican establishment darling with the famous last name, dropped to six percent, his lowest percentage in two years of surveys, the Post said.

All I want is a level playing field.” When the Obama administration took office in 2009, one of its first acts was to denounce waterboarding as torture. And this guy started screaming by himself.” Since he entered the GOP presidential race over the summer, Trump has catapulted to the top of the crowded field, tapping into an electorate discontented with the political establishment. A couple of years later, it was confirmed by the CIA that waterboarding had been used in 2002 and 2003 against three prominent terror suspects, the alleged 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In December 2014, the Senate intelligence committee issued a report which said “the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ were not effective”.

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