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Sen. Greg Ball defends torture tweet


ALBANY, N.Y. -- It was just minutes after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was captured in Watertown, Mass. that N.Y. state Senator Greg Ball tweeted these words, "So scumbag # 2 in custody. Who wouldn't use torture on this punk to save more lives?"

"I tweeted a comment that I think most red blooded Americans can associate with," Ball tells the NEWS CENTER.

And while some did echo his thoughts on Twitter, his tweet also drew some critical responses.

"Look 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," LevNovak replied.

"When you are running a war against terror, terrorist do not play by our rules," added Ball.

Sen. Ball tells the NEWS CENTER he believes the information extracted through torture could possibly save lives.

"We're going to have to play by a different set of rules in order to be successful and save lives," he said.

"Constitution says you cannot do certain things to an individual.  You can't use water drops on him you can't pull fingernails out, but you can question him for as long as you want," said Attorney Arnold Proskin.

He says the19-year-old suspect still has rights.

"He has the same rights any other American citizen has. He has certain rights under the constitution of the U.S," said Proskin.

The New York Civil Liberties Union local spokesperson did not want to go on camera, but did issue this statement:

"It has been quite well documented that torture has done little or nothing to advance the investigation and conviction of terrorists."

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