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Donald Trump attributes bin Laden capture to use of torture

Donald Trump speaks during the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in this February 10, 2011

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Businessman and possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says Osama bin Laden would not have been tracked down and killed without the use of enhanced interrogation methods against terrorism captives in U.S. military prisons.

The real estate mogul and reality TV star says interrogation methods such as waterboarding - which simulates drowning - and other harsh treatment were necessary to bin Laden's killing. He said such methods should be called torture.

Mr. Trump spoke Wednesday to a business organization in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first party primary election in the nation. Mr. Trump's approval ratings have fallen off sharply after President Barack Obama produced his original birth certificate. Trump had gained broad attention claiming Mr. Obama had not proved he was born in the U.S. and may have been ineligible to hold the presidency.

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