CIA Director John Brennan said that the agency will not engage in so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” that are widely regarded as torture, including waterboarding, even if a future president were to order them to do so.
I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” Brennan said.
Brennan was crystal clear when he was asked about the practice of waterboarding specifically.
Absolutely, I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again,” he said.
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would find a way to use torture if he were elected president. During a GOP debate in February, he promised to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Trump later called Texas Senator and fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz a p*ssy for not being as enthusiastic about torture as the sadistic billionaire himself.
But that is not to say that Cruz is against waterboarding. He said that he does not consider waterboarding to be torture. Although he said that he would “not bring it back in any sort of widespread use,”he also said that if he were president he would “use whatever enhanced interrogation methods to keep this country safe.”
Following the 9/11 terror attacks, waterboarding and other types of torture were used regularly by the CIA under George W. Bush. President Obama ended the use of all “enhanced interrogation techniques” with an executive order in January 2009, just days after he took office.
Watch Brennan’s remarks here, via NBC:
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