New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) came under fire after he sent out a tweet expressing his hope that, if it saves any more lives, Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev would face “torture.” Ball defended his Tweet with Gretchen Carlson on Fox & Friends on Monday and lamented that Tarnaev’s apprehension by American authorities makes his torture unlikely.
Following Tsarnaev’s capture, Ball sent out this tweet which prompted the controversy:
“Were you surprised that people responded to it?” asked Carlson.
“I think a lot of politicians, quite honestly, are full of crap,” Ball replied candidly. “They’re scared to say how they feel. I basically said what I believe a lot of red-blooded Americans felt.”
He said that getting information from terror suspects can save lives, and he “would be first in line” to use whatever tactics are necessary to extract that information, including torture.
He wondered how many New Yorkers “wouldn’t have appreciated at least 30 minutes in a room alone with Osama bin Laden?”
“I know I would,” Ball continued. “It would have been me, Osama bin Laden, and a baseball bat.”
“In the United States of America, we have people who believe that you can play patty cake,” he added. “These terrorists play by a different set of rules.”
“You realize that since he’s captured in the United States, he’s not going to be tortured,” Carlson noted.
Ball acknowledged this, but said that the future may be characterized by more Boston-like events and that would have negative consequences for the country.
“It’s easy to debate this in ivory towers and editorial board meetings,” Ball said, “but America better use this as a wake up call and realize that they’re playing by a different set of rules.”
Watch the clip below via Fox News Channel:
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