MSNBC Terrorism Analyst Evan Kohlmann said that ISIS terrorists waterboarding American hostages was “the price of Abu Ghraib and … continuing the camp in Guantanamo” on Friday’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” on MSNBC.
“We shouldn’t be surprised about this. Unfortunately, that’s the price of Abu Ghraib and that’s the price of continuing the camp in Guantanamo, is that these folks are going to try to continue to try to use it as a propaganda issue and they’re going to torture our hostages with that knowledge,” he said.
Guest anchor Krystal Ball added that “whether we waterboarded or not, they would be engaging in horrific acts,” but also stated “when we do things like waterboarding, that the president has called torture, when we do things that are against our own principles, we hand them an easy piece of propaganda.”
Kohlmann also declared, “How can they [ISIS] justify this otherwise? They can easily justify it now because if anyone questions them they point to Abu Ghraib photos, they point to Gitmo. If they didn’t have these issues to point to it would be very, very difficult for them to justify treating hostages like this.”
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