CIA Director: No Waterboarding, Even if Ordered


U.S. CIA Director John Brennan says his agency would not use waterboarding against a detainee, even if a future president ordered such interrogation techniques.

“Absolutely, I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again,” he said in an interview with NBC News, a portion of which aired Sunday.

Brennan said he would not use the tactics “because this institution needs to endure.”

The CIA used a program of harsh interrogations aimed at forcing terror suspects to give up information about possible attacks against the United States in the years following the 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S.

President Barack Obama banned the techniques when he took office in 2009, saying many of them amounted to torture.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said last month he would “use every legal power” to stop terrorists, but would not order the military or others to violate the law.  He had earlier supported going “tougher than waterboarding.”  His closest challenger in the race, Senator Ted Cruz, said in February he would bring back “whatever enhanced interrogation methods” are necessary to keep the country safe.

Brennan’s stance has evolved since the Senate released a report in December 2014 criticizing the CIA’s use of waterboarding, mock executions, ice baths, sexual threats and other techniques against..


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