NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York State Sen. Greg Ball continues to defend his controversial comments on torture.
The Hudson Valley Republican sent a tweet on Friday shortly after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody by law enforcement officials. Ball’s message posed a question asking who wouldn’t use torture to stop future terror attacks.
Since then, Ball has made national headlines for his comments and for defending his position on the use of torture.
“I made it pretty clear and have stood by my comments that if I could save innocent American lives or if we could save innocent American lives – men, women and children, as we’ve seen in Boston and of course the atrocity on 9/11 – if we could avoid a similar instance, I would use every means at my disposal. And I stand by that and, quite honestly, I understand it’s created a controversy but I think most people, while they may not say it, feel the same way,” Ball told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott.