Marine Le Pen: Torture Can Sometimes Be Useful.
Torture: a ‘Useful Tool’ Says Marine Le Pen.
“Moi je crois que les gens qui s’occupent des terroristes et accessoirement de leur tirer des informations, lorsque ces informations leur permettent de sauver des vies civiles, sont des gens qui sont responsables. S’il y a des abus c’est aux Etats-Unis de le déterminer”, a-t-elle commenté. “Il peut y avoir des cas, comme quand une bombe doit exploser dans une heure ou dans deux heures et, accessoirement peut faire des victimes civiles, où il est utile de faire parler la personne pour savoir où est la bombe avec les moyens qu’on peut”, a-t-elle ajouté.
I believe that those who deal with terrorists, who have also to extract information from them – information that allows civilian lives to be saved – are responsible people. If there’s abuses in the USA it’s for them to work this out,” she commented, “There could be cases, when a bomb is about to explode in an hour or two – something that could cause civilian victims – when it is useful to make somebody talk in order to find out where the bomb has been placed – using the means that one can.” – she continued.
Torture can be a “useful” tool in certain cases French far-right leader Marine le Pen said on Wednesday, before later backtracking and stating that her words had been “misinterpreted”.
Speaking early Wednesday on BFMTV in an interview discussing the revelations that the CIA used brutal interrogation methods, Le Pen said she “did not condemn” the use of torture when questioning terror suspects.
“Of course [torture] can be used,” she said. “It’s been used throughout history.”
“I believe that the people responsible for getting information out of terror suspects that can save civilian lives do a responsible job,” she added.
“There are times, such as if a bomb is about to go off, when it is useful to get a suspect to talk…by any means.”
This is what the backtracking consists of:
(from Marine Le Pen dément avoir défendu l’usage de la torture. Libération. Marine Le Pen denies defending the use of torture.)
Specifically she asserts that the phrase “Les moyens qu’on peut” (the means available) refer to “les moyens de la loi” – legal means.
One thing is clearly on many people’s minds: Marine Le Pens father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has regularly been accused of using torture during his time in the French military fighting against Algerian independence – most recent controversy here (2012)