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Terror Expert Who Said Birmingham Was A Muslim-Only Zone Says Hearing His Gaffe Is "Like Waterboarding"

Steven Emerson sparked a #FoxNewsFacts meme after he appeared on the channel to talk about the rise of extremism in Europe.

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The Fox News expert who said Birmingham was a "no-go zone" for non-Muslims has compared listening to his mistake to being waterboarded:

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Quick reminder: Steve Emerson, a self-dubbed expert on terrorism, said yesterday that "there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don't go in".

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But Emerson was a bit baffled when asked if he thought others might be offended by the suggestion that getting mocked online was comparable to getting waterboarded.

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Waterboarding – an "enhanced interrogations" technique where the recipient feels as though they are drowning – has been used by a number of countries in an attempt to extract information from detainees, although a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee last month revealed it was not an effective interrogation tool.

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And just as Emerson had been getting criticised for his geography (and "sloppy research", he admitted)...

BREAKING: Fox News publishes up-to-date map of terrorist movements.

James Martin@PundamentalismFollow

BREAKING: Fox News publishes up-to-date map of terrorist movements.

10:32 PM - 11 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

...his credentials as a terrorism expert also started to get challenged.

. @skypadrob It appears Steve Emerson's knowledge of waterboarding is equal to his knowledge of Birmingham.

Chris Brosnahan@ChrisBrosnahanFollow

. @skypadrob It appears Steve Emerson's knowledge of waterboarding is equal to his knowledge of Birmingham.

9:07 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I'm not sure many of those who were waterboarded will that is a suitable simile for Steve Emerson to use, especially in an apology

Rob Owers@skypadrobFollow

I'm not sure many of those who were waterboarded will that is a suitable simile for Steve Emerson to use, especially in an apology

8:49 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@skypadrob @FelixRatbastard There speaks either a man who has never been waterboarded or an imbecile who has.

barney farmer@barneyfarmerFollow

@skypadrob @FelixRatbastard There speaks either a man who has never been waterboarded or an imbecile who has.

9:21 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Because hey, waterboarding's not that bad, right?

I've never been waterboarded, but I can't imagine it being any worse than getting a popcorn shell stuck in your throat

Moo@MooSnuckelFollow

I've never been waterboarded, but I can't imagine it being any worse than getting a popcorn shell stuck in your throat

7:43 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Yeah totally *rolls eyes* MT"@skypadrob: Steve Emerson apologises for Birmingham comments. Says twitter treatment was like waterboarding"

Charlene White@CharleneWhiteFollow

Yeah totally *rolls eyes* MT"@skypadrob: Steve Emerson apologises for Birmingham comments. Says twitter treatment was like waterboarding"

9:01 PM - 12 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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