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.


GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: 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 CruzSanders meets with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Cruz knocks Chick-fil-A over past donation: It has 'lost its way' Overnight Energy: Relocated BLM staff face salary cuts | UN report calls for drastic action on climate change | California asks EPA to reconsider emissions rule 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.