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CIA director: No waterboarding, even if commanded by future president

CIA director: No waterboarding, even if commanded by future president
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Amid ongoing campaign rhetoric, CIA Director John Brennan said the agency will not use "enhanced interrogation" practices such as waterboarding.

"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 told NBC News in an exclusive interview scheduled to air Monday night.

"I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again," he said.

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GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE gained attention after the Brussels terror attacks by saying under his presidency, he would permit the waterboarding of terror suspects and "a lot more." 

"Waterboarding would be fine," Trump said in a March interview with Reuters. "If they can expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding."

Presidential hopeful Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated Cruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol MORE said in a February GOP debate he doesn't consider waterboarding torture, but he also said he wouldn't "bring it back in any sort of widespread use." 

During President Obama's first few days in office, he banned the technique with an executive order, calling it torture.