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Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

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Former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican nominee for Vice President Sarah Palin talks to CNN Sr. Producer Paul Vercammen (not shown) at her caucus site in Wasilla Alaska on Super Tuesday, March 06, 2012. (Jeff King/CNN)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she were an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who ran against Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election with Palin as his running mate, has spoken out against waterboarding, calling it illegal and ineffective. During the Vietnam War, McCain endured years of torture and imprisonment as a prisoner of war under the North Vietnamese.

At the NRA event Saturday, Palin said the Washington insiders who called the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, a case of workplace violence “don’t know what is right.” That shooting was carried out by Maj. Nidal Hasan.

“Not when that evil Muslim terrorist Major Hasan massacres his fellow military soldiers at Fort Hood,” she said.

Characterizing Hasan, “that devil, as a ‘disgruntled employee’ ” is hypocritical, said Palin.

She called liberals hypocrites for their stance on issues varying from gun control to torture at the NRA event that was part of the organization’s 2014 convention.

But she backtracked later, saying, “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.”

“I’m kidding,” she said. “Yes, they are.”

Palin told the crowd that “guys like” Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada “are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job and your truck and your property and your rights and your health care. Those Democrats trying to get all ‘Pelosi’ on ya, and you’re not gonna have it!” she said, referring to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Palin accused the Democrats of pursuing “policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.”

She ended her speech by telling the crowd that the bracelet she wears celebrates the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791.

“It’s why we’re here, to celebrate and confirm that solemn oath to liberty,” she said.


  • Queen Bee

    She is a hate-monger and she is what is wrong with this country. Why can’t we disagree without resorting to name calling? She’s like a bully in a school yard. Why wouldn’t she listen and learn from McCain who has a very good reason to speak out against torture.

  • Queen Bee

    And if I’m not mistaken…she was elected and in charge…and she quit. Fox 8 – please stop putting up stories about her. All she does is incite anger.

  • joe

    You liberals need to get a life. She is joking about animals that are murdering Americans. My gosh, when is the land of the offended going to wake up!

    • mojorisin73

      This goes for Americans too that are deemed “enemy combatants” by the president. So if the president says if groups like the tea party or occupy that question our government are deemed “enemy combatants” Sadly, ones from both parties like Palin, Bush, Obama, McCain, etc. care nothing about the 6th Amendment. when they supported the NDAA. So how can she wear a bracelet celebrating the Bill of Rights but yet supports laws like the Patriot Act and NDAA that clearly violates the 4th and 6th Amendments. America needs to wake because even American citizens are at risk of being waterboarded.

  • vasumurti

    A brochure put out in 2010 by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) entitled Sarah Palin’s Tea Party Primer, says:

    “A recent poll by CBS News and the New York Times provided a scary picture of Tea Party supporters. Here’s what it found:

    92% believe President Obama is leading to country to Socialism.

    59% either believe or don’t know if President Obama was born in another country.

    24% believe it is sometimes justified to take violent action against the government.

    66% doubt the impact of global warming.

    64% believe resident Obama has increased taxes. (He cut them for 95% of Americans.)

    66% have a favorable view of Sarah Palin.

    59% have a favorable view of Glenn Beck.

    57% have a favorable view of George W. Bush.”

    The brochure quotes Sarah Palin as having said in her keynote address to the Tea Party Convention on February 6, 2010:

    “I am a big supporter of this movement. I believe in this movement.”


    Three years ago, when I was dating the beautiful Adeline Lopez, she said she wasn’t worried about Sarah Palin posing a threat to our democracy, saying Sarah Palin is a joke, and will never be president.

    But Addie said Michele Bachmann has a degree from an accredited law school, and, therefore, poses a real danger to our secular democracy.

    (Addie also said she liked Bill Clinton, and that it would take Barack Obama a second term to undo the damage caused by George W. Bush!)

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