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Sarah Palin: 'Waterboarding Is How We Baptise'
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has said that if she was in charge, she would ensure terrorists are "baptised" using waterboarding.
The former presidential running mate of John McCain made the comments to the National Rifle Association's 'Stand And Fight' rally in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Her speech criticised those in power, describing them as liberals who helped enemies of the US and went soft on terrorists.
Speaking to an audience that frequently cheered her words, she told them: "Liberals are hypocrites. And they are not right.
"(They have) policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.
"Come on, (these are) enemies who would utterly annihilate America ... who would obviously have information on plots to carry out jihad.
"Oh, but you can't offend them ... can't make them feel uncomfortable ... not even a smidgen.
"Well, if I were in charge ... they would know that waterboarding is how we baptise terrorists.
"Thank God that more and more Americans are waking up to the hypocrisy and some of the nefarious intent of them, in Washington."
Saturday's rally was part of the NRA's annual meeting, at which several potential Republican president candidates appeared in a bid to gain support.
A full house of thousands saw Mrs Palin criticise those who attacked the second amendment enshrining the right to bear arms.
She said it was part of the United States' "foundational values and tradition".
Mrs Palin, who is reported to have said she is interested in running for the Senate in 2014, added that creating gun-free zones in schools and other public buildings was "stupid on steroids".
She also referred to the US soldier who attacked several fellow armed forces personnel in Fort Hood, describing Major Nidal Hasan as "evil", a "devil" and not a "disgruntled employee".
Waterboarding is a form of torture, rumoured to have been used by the CIA to extract information, which involves pouring water over a cloth covering the face.