GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has suggested a new method to extract information from terror suspects after Donald Trump’s support for use of torture by the US government.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the retired neurosurgeon urged using "medical ways" to force suspects to speak up, including by decreasing their conscious defense mechanism.
"I believe there are a number of ways to extract information, including some medical ways of putting people into a less-than-conscious state, which allows information to be extracted," he said, describing the method as “truth serum."
"There are ways where you decrease a person's conscious defenses, and they might be much more willing to give information," he explained.
Carson, who has had a weak performance in Republican primaries, referred to sodium amytal as a possible candidate for the method, noting, that “We've made some advances in that kind of science.”
He was responding to a question about his rival’s support for torture, on which he tacitly agreed.
Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, told his supporters in South Carolina last Wednesday that “torture works” and the government “should go much stronger than waterboarding."
Like Trump, Carson’s remarks are part of attempts to collect the delegates needed to secure the GOP's nomination.
Last December, a bipartisan report by US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) provided details of torture on detainees between 2001 and 2006 during the so-called war on terror.
The heavily redacted 525-page report included instances of rectal feeding, freezing inmates to death, use of insects, sleep deprivation, and prolonged standing among other methods.
The Republicans’ comments come at a time that US President Barack Obama is making efforts to keep his promise on the closure of the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison.
"For many years, it's been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security. It undermines it," Obama said in a televised address from the White House earlier on Tuesday, while detailing a long-awaited plan to close the controversial site.