Bachmann insists harsh interrogations be restored

November 13, 2011 - 12:20 PM
Republicans Debate

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann,Minnesota's Rep., speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, Bachmann said she would continue to hold terror suspects at the military prison at Guantanamo. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is accusing the Obama administration of committing "strategic blunders" that have hampered U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

Bachmann concedes that President Barack Obama achieved a "tactical" success in bringing down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and in taking out some of his cohorts in drone attacks.

But she tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama "is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA," complaining that it was wrong to ban waterboarding.

Bachmann argued in Saturday night's foreign policy debate for reinstituting waterboarding. She said the intelligence community has been deprived of the ability it once had to get vital information from detainees in the war against terrorism. The Minnesota congresswoman said Gauntanamo isn't a long-term solution and that "we have no jails for terrorists."

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