Spy chief: Waterboarding against American values

Spy chief: Waterboarding against American values
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The nation’s spy chief took a swipe Tuesday at presidential candidates who in recent days have suggested the United States should start waterboarding terror suspects again.


“The Army Field Manual is the standard, and that is what we should abide by and serves the purposes of both providing the framework for solicitation of valuable intelligence and comports with American values,” Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperDomestic security is in disarray: We need a manager, now more than ever Will Biden provide strategic clarity or further ambiguity on Taiwan? 140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack MORE told the Senate Armed Service Committee.

Clapper was responding to a question from committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainHeatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Overnight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West MORE (R-Ariz.), who in recent days has been pushing back on comments made on the presidential campaign trail in regards to torture.

Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE said during Saturday's Republican debate that he would he reinstate waterboarding as well as "bring back a hell of a lot worse." Despite a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Trump leads in both national and New Hampshire polls.

He later called rival Ted Cruz, the winner in Iowa, a "pussy" because Cruz didn't say he'd support waterboarding during the debate.

Cruz said during the debate that while he doesn't support reinstating the interrogation technique "in any sort of widespread use," he also doesn't consider it to be torture.

McCain, who was tortured while held in Vietnam as a prisoner of war, successfully championed a provision in this year’s defense policy bill that banned brutal interrogation techniques widely criticized as torture. The bill did so by limiting interrogation techniques to those in the Army Field Manual.

McCain continued to press the issue Tuesday, and Clapper agreed with his position.

“Isn’t it the fact that American values are such that no matter what the enemy does that we maintain a higher standard of behavior, and when we violate that, such as we did with Abu Ghraib, the consequences are severe?” he asked Clapper.

“Yes, sir,” Clapper responded.