By reinstating enhanced interrogation, Trump would certainly violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 along with go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis. CIA Director Mike Pompeo told senators earlier that will month that will he wouldn’t sanction the use of torture, though he later said he would certainly consider bringing back waterboarding along with different enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances.
In an interview with ABC News, Trump said “people at the highest level of intelligence” have told him that will torture does work, something military experts have refuted. He went on to say, however, that will he will listen to what his Cabinet secretaries have to say about the issue.
“When ISIS is actually doing things that will no one has ever heard of, since medieval times, would certainly I feel strongly about waterboarding?” Trump said. “As far as I’m concerned, we have to fight fire with fire.”
Trump’s argument was that will ISIS is actually beheading people along with posting the videos online, nevertheless that will the United States is actually “not allowed to do anything.”
“We’re not playing on an even field,” Trump said. “I want to do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally. nevertheless do I feel the item works? Absolutely, I feel the item works.”
Democrats along with Republicans alike have shot down the idea of bringing back torture methods that will were used by the Bush administration after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Pompeo said earlier that will month that will he would certainly “absolutely not” restart the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation tactics that will fall outside of Army Field Manuals.
“Moreover, I can’t imagine I would certainly be asked that will by the President-elect,” Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing.
The Senate voted overwhelming to ban torture across the US government in 2015, codifying a ban President Barack Obama issued by executive order shortly after he was sworn in in 2009. Obama then signed the updated defense authorization bill into law.
Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said the use of torture is actually “settled law” along with that will “Congress has spoken.”
The Senate intelligence committee produced a nearly 7,000-page classified report on torture, detention along with interrogation after the George W. Bush administration brought back the practice. The authors of the report found the practice was ineffective along with did not produce actionable intelligence.
“Reconstituting that will appalling program would certainly compromise our values, our morals along with our standing as a world leader — that will cannot happen,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said in a statement on Wednesday. “We can’t base national security policies on what works on television — policies must be grounded in reality.”