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CIA Director John Brennan: Even if Ordered by Future President, CIA Will Never Waterboard Again


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

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The director of the CIA says his spy agency will not engage in waterboarding or other so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" even if ordered to by a future president.

"I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about, because this institution needs to endure," CIA chief John Brennan told NBC News Sunday.

Brennan added that he would "absolutely" never agree to CIA officers using waterboarding as an enhanced interrogation technique ever gain.

President Barack Obama banned waterboarding shortly after taking office in 2009.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have suggested they would not continue Obama's ban. Trump has gone as far as to say that he would bring back waterboarding and "worse" tactics to get information, including targeting the families of terrorists.

The CIA used such interrogation techniques after the 9/11 attacks, including to obtain information that eventually led to locating Osama bin Laden.

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