"Well, we have to be strong. You know they [ISIL] don’t use waterboarding over there; they use chopping off people’s heads," Trump told the ABC television channel.
"I would bring it back. I think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they’d do to us, what they’re doing to us, what they did to [journalist] James Foley when they chopped off his head. That’s a whole different level and I would absolutely bring back interrogation and strong interrogation," Trump added.
Then-President George Bush banned the use of waterboarding in interrogation in 2006. The technique was listed by incumbent leader Barack Obama as torture in 2009.
On December 9, the US Senate Select Intelligence Committee issued an executive summary of a report on Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation techniques applied to alleged terrorists following the 9/11 attacks. The document describes a wide range of CIA torture practices, such as waterboarding, mock executions, prolonged sleep deprivation and threats of sexual abuse.