December 19th, 2007
06:05 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani: Waterboarding may be acceptable

CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed Giuliani on board the CNN Election Express Wednesday.

(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that waterboarding should not be used regularly in interrogations, but might be called for in a “once in a lifetime, once in a decade situation.”

"Having looked at this, it certainly should not be a practice that should go on generally,” the former mayor of New York said in an interview in Columbia, Missouri.

But Giuliani told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that there may be situations where waterboarding - a technique where a person undergoes simulated drowning - would be warranted to obtain critical information from an alleged terrorist, such as the location of a nuclear bomb about to explode.

Many human rights organizations consider waterboarding to be torture.

"I don't think you can write this out as a procedure that should be write out for all situations,” Giuliani said. “I think the president and the appropriate officials should have some discretion here.”

– Senior Political Producer Scott Anderson

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. B, Cleveland, OH

    You idiots on the high horse thinking we should offer cupcakes for information from terrorists live in La La Land. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all be so innocent? Sorry to disappoint you fools, but we have been engaged in shady activities from day one. Thank God the likes of you aren't responsible for our safety.

    December 20, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. demwit

    Rudy has gone to far when he starts water boarding Surrealist.., but just barely.

    December 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Viet Vet battle ground WA

    Hey, Let's waterboard the G man and botch it. In his eulogy we can say he died doing what he loved...

    December 20, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. JB Boston MA

    I'll say it again-

    If your child was in a school, and there was a bomb in the school. If you captured the person who knew the code to turn the bomb off. Otherwise, the bomb would go off and kill many children, including your child, I would waterboard the hell out of the guy.

    The last time this issue came up, people crucified me, telling me "waterboarding doesn't work".


    December 20, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Rio, Boise Idaho

    Guiliani is showing his true colors as a liar and a cover up artist. As always he wants the fox to police the chicken house. How can anyone believe anything he says? I think he is out of step with the American people and is probably done as a presidential candidate.

    December 20, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. B. Brown Las Vegas, NV

    I'm a firm supporter of The GOP, but will this be used "IRREGULARLY", contrary to what the article quotes as "not be used regularly".

    Read the facts, listen to the facts, this is what has to be done.

    B. Brown

    December 21, 2007 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  7. mark wilkes barre pa

    Wheres my previous post CNN monior ? You let chaz from canada have his right to free speech but you wont allow me to defend mine ? what a Bs way to do things.

    December 21, 2007 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  8. geekadelphia

    Waterboarding is WAY fun, especially when you're at the beach.

    ... that's what this is about, right?

    December 21, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Paul Horner

    Learn about Ron Paul and then educate others. It's time for a
    real, positive, change in the White House!

    Watch: Ron Paul videos

    December 22, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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