Allen West Justifies Waterboarding by Saying He Saw It Happen in a Demi Moore Movie

In the latest addition of nonsensical statements in the Rep. Allen West file, the congressman -- or "congresswoman," as he was inadvertently identified as by Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade -- made another television appearance to respond to President Obama's recent statement that waterboarding qualifies as torture.

West claimed the president was a "benefactor" of information that came from the waterboarding technique -- part of that claim has been refuted by Sen. John McCain -- and implied that the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques may be fair game.

Also, he saw waterboarding in a movie once.

"I see that when we continue to read Miranda rights to people such as the underwear bomber, we are using the advantage and leverage that we have," West said. "And furthermore in the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore was waterboarded, and we do use that in military training and Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion training."

Sounds legit. One time we watched The Godfather, and Clemenza says you're supposed to leave the gun and take the cannoli.

Let's roll the tape to see if West's reference makes any more sense:

We'll leave the interpretation of that one up to you.

West also briefly talked about his personal interrogation techniques in Iraq that got him in a bit of hot water.

"I used a psychological intimidation tactic to fire a pistol over his head, and it kept my men safe," West said. "Of course, they took it to an investigative hearing, but I'm here today as a congressional representative, and I still continue to fight for men and women in uniform."

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