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Director Brennan Says CIA Will Never Waterboard Again

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Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan takes questions from reporters during a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014 (AFP/Jim Watson)

Amid escalating promises from Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to resort to torture to keep Americans safe, the current CIA director has said the agency won’t follow orders to torture terrorists ever again. His remarks were the clearest repudiation yet of the Bush-era policies which enabled the torture of suspected terrorists.

“I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again,” said CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with NBC on Monday. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure.”

Both Cruz and Trump have promised to bring back forms of torture — although Cruz still calls it “enhanced interrogation” — to keep the country safe. “Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” said Trump in February during a campaign event at a retirement community in South Carolina. “Believe me, it works.”

The CIA chief’s recent commitment not to torture in the future was a far cry from March 2005, ten years ago, when the agency said in written statement that “all approved interrogation techniques, both past and present, are lawful and do not constitute torture.” Another statement issued by Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, the agency’s director of public affairs, asserted that “C.I.A. policies on interrogation have always followed legal guidance from the Department of Justice.”

Of the 100 prisoners held in the agency’s global network of prisons, only three are known to have been waterboarded, according to The Washington Post. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who claimed he was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, was waterboarded 183 times before the CIA stopped, fearing that they were losing their legal footing to do so.

The intelligence agency gained international notoriety in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks for flagrant violations of international law in its treatment of terror suspects, many of whom were detained without charge for years in Guantanamo Bay.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order shortly after entering office stating that only “non-coercive techniques of interrogation that are designed to elicit voluntary statements” would be allowed in the future.

Photo: Director of Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan takes questions from reporters during a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014 (AFP/Jim Watson)

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  1. Leftout April 12, 2016

    Brennan will no longer be around anyway.
    He will want to go and pray with his fellow Moslems since I see that he converted as are Valerie Jarett and other Obama staff

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    1. Dennis Price April 13, 2016

      Yeah, right. Go back to the cheap seats where you belong teaberry. You’ll always be left out. Stop blaming others for your failures.

      1. Leftout April 14, 2016

        I have no failures, I make my own successes . “Left out ” means having been left out by political types who have not responded to the People.

    2. cat48 April 13, 2016

      Such a liar, none of them are Muslims and if they were, that would be okay. Bigot

      1. Leftout April 13, 2016

        Yes I admit I am against those who have a philosophy against the the US. They do not assimilate well and have never renounced any of the bombings of Paris, Belgiums Etc. no San Beenardino . Their silence is astounding .

        1. Jmz Nesky April 14, 2016

          And you’re English is atrocious., Didn’t the republican public school system teach you anything other than how to hate, bunkie..?

          1. Leftout April 14, 2016

            English syntax is wanting at times , my editing is poor since I am moving as I write And my device seems to have a mind of its own, for self ? Correcting . Apologies here. I do not hate , My attitudes are forged from experiences.

          2. Jmz Nesky April 14, 2016

            And my apologies for bringing it up as I’ve experienced those days myself ..

  2. Phil Christensen April 13, 2016

    Until they do.

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      1. yabbed April 13, 2016

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  3. latebloomingrandma April 13, 2016

    So the Bushies stopped at 183? Darn them . The 184th may have worked.

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  4. CrankyToo April 13, 2016

    “I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again,” said CIA Director John Brennan in an interview with NBC on Monday. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure.”

    Just to be clear, Brennan’s not saying “We won’t torture people…”. He’s saying, “Hey, if we torture people, it won’t be because I agreed to it.”

    I think we can file Mr. Brennan’s comments under “P” for “Plausible Deniability”.

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  5. yabbed April 13, 2016

    George W Bush needs to be repudiated throughly and completely. He was the worst President in modern times.

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  6. Jmz Nesky April 14, 2016

    Haven’t these idiots figured out yet that the majority of Americans know how politics works? For instance, we all know that when director Brennan Said the CIA Will Never Waterboard Again he actually meant, “The CIA will never be CAUGHT waterboarding again …” The difference is in the way he thinks we’ll interpret it.. I’ve chosen what I think will be the logical outcome.. after all, the CIA isn’t in the business of bending over
    backward for anyone.

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  7. Dominick Vila April 14, 2016

    Let’s not forget that John Brennan will not be the CIA Director if a Republican is elected President. Therefore, whatever he says, is meaningless and has nothing to do with what we would do, especially if the GOP controls all three branches of government after the 2016 election.
    Waterboarding, and all other forms of torture, is unconstitutional, it is unlawful in the USA, it is against the Geneva Convention, and it is uncivilized.
    How can we accuse other countries of wrongdoing when we are the only major industrialized nation in the Western world to have used, and praised, torture as an effective interrogation technique?

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