Director Brennan: CIA won’t waterboard again — even if ordered by future president

Director Brennan: CIA won’t waterboard again — even if ordered by future president
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CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh “enhanced interrogation” practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president.

“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.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said that if elected president, he’d authorize the use of waterboarding which was banned in 2009. Trump said the technique, considered torture under international law, and other methods he characterized as “a hell of a lot worse” would be used to extract information from potential terrorists.

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