Romney says he backs tougher interrogation methods for 'ticking time bomb'

DENISON, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is supporting more intense methods of CIA interrogation of terror suspects.

During a campaign stop Friday in Iowa, Romney was asked about aggressive interrogation of people in US custody. He said he supports "tough interrogation techniques" in situations where "there is a ticking time bomb." Romney says he doesn't support torture, but he supports "enhanced" techniques, in order to learn "what we need to learn to keep the bombs from going off."

Romney also praised the broad powers given to law enforcement under the USA Patriot Act.

In recent years, questions have arisen as to whether the CIA's enhanced techniques cross the line into torture and abuse.

Romney's comments came before the White House announced that President Bush has signed an executive order banning cruel and inhumane treatment of terror suspects during interrogations.

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