CIA Director John Brennan says that if a future president ordered the agency to carry out waterboarding he would refuse to comply. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has spoken out in favor of reinstating the practice which critics say constitutes torture. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday (July 13) that he would refuse to comply to reinstate the practice of waterboarding if ordered to do so by a future president. The presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has repeatedly spoken out in favor of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques. "As long as I'm director of CIA, irrespective of what the president says, I'm not going to be the Director of CIA that gives that order, they will have to find another director," Brennan said during remarks at the Brookings Institution Think Tank. Waterboarding, the practice of pouring water over someone's face to simulate drowning as an interrogation tactic, was banned by President Barack Obama days after he took office in 2009. Critics call it torture. It was used in the interrogation of terrorism suspects under the administration of George W. Bush.