Second-term Republican Sen. Greg Ball of the Hudson Valley tweeted just after authorities in Boston captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday evening.
Ball's tweet calls the suspect "scum bag No. 2" and asks who wouldn't use torture on him to save more lives.
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Many tweets responding to Ball were critical of his remarks. A sampling:
-- what a shame that a professed would-be war criminal has been elected to represent anyone in anything
--I'm from Boston, I'm there now, and I get the instinct, but we're America. We don't torture. We'll do this the right way.
--You're disgusting and should be kicked out of office. You clearly do not defend the constitution.
--Who wouldn't torture him? Any decent non-scumbag human being who believes torture is a crime against humanity.
Ball issued a statement Saturday defending his position on torture without mentioning his tweet. He says he is not shy in saying torture is justified in the war against terror if it can save lives.
Here's the statement Sen. Ball's office released after the torture tweet:
“On most days, New York State is terrorist target #1, and playing paddy cake with mass murdering killers is not effective in my opinion. In the war against these sick cowards who seek to harm innocent men, women and children, information can and often does save lives. Terrorists play by a different set of rules by manipulating the greatest strengths of our open society against us. One of the questions to be asked is this: is “torture” ever justified in the war against terror, if it can save lives? I am not shy in joining those who say yes, and I believe we must give those tasked with protecting us every constitutional and effective tool to do so,” said Senator Greg Ball.