CIA chief not to order torture even if ordered by president

CIA chief not to order torture even if ordered by president

NEW YORK: CIA chief John Brennan has said that he will not allow any torture tactics on terror suspects in the future even if they are ordered by the next president of the United States.

Mr Brennan told NBC News network on Monday that his agency would never resume its so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques — weeks after Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz called for a return to the bad old ways.

“I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” he said.

“Absolutely, I would not agree to have any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

After the 9/11 attacks, the George W. Bush administration allowed the CIA to use waterboarding and other systematic torture techniques while interrogating terror suspects.

But President Barack Obama outlawed such practices with an executive order just days after entering the White House in 2009. International law considers waterboarding to be torture.

A US Senate Intelligence Committee report in 2014 declared waterboarding — and other brutal interrogation methods, like sleep deprivation and forced rectal feeding — didn’t even lead to valuable information.

But Mr Trump is all too eager to bring back violence against suspects. He said in the wake of the Brussels bombings that he “would be fine” with waterboarding.


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