Director: CIA Won’t Waterboard Again

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The CIA refuses to use harsh “enhanced interrogation” tactics like waterboarding, even if ordered to do so by a future president, the agency’s director John Brennan said on Sunday.

“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 told NBC News.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said if elected, he would reintroduce waterboarding, which was banned in 2009 and is considered torture under international law.

Trump has said he would use waterboarding and other methods he described as “…a lot worse” to interrogate potential terrorists.

GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz has said he doesn’t consider waterboarding to be torture, but wouldn’t authorize “widespread use” of the method. Read more at NBC News.



  1. Once Cruz becomes President, Brennan is out, and all bets are off. The CIA does what the president tells it to do, within his and the Justice Department’s interpretation of the law. When it comes to waterboarding, that interpretation is very “squishy,” so, no problem.


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