Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, today stood by his comment on Twitter that said torture should be used on the surviving Boston bombing suspect.
Ball put out a statement over the weekend defending his comment and appeared on Fox News to stress that torture should be used to thwart terrorism.
“And it comes down to this,” Ball said. “When you talk about terrorism, information matters. And if getting that information, including torture, would save one innocent life – including, that we’ve seen, children – would you use torture? I can tell you I would be first in line.”
Ball said he was just speaking his opinion, and he believed it is one shared by most Americans.
“I think a lot of politicians are typically, quite honestly, full of crap,” said second-term senator said. “They’re scared to say how they feel. And I basically said what I believe a lot of red-blooded Americans felt.”
Ball said he, like most New Yorkers, would have liked some time alone with Osama bin Laden.
“How many New Yorkers who 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.”
Ball said the country needs to be more aggressive in its pursuit of potential terrorists.
“In the United States of America, we have people who believe that we can play patty cake,” he said. “These terrorists play be a different set of rules … You have to take the fight to them.”