by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | July 16, 2016 9:04 am
Well, sort of. John Brennan is threatening to quit if Donald Trump becomes president and reinstates waterboarding and other so-called ‘extreme’ interrogation techniques. That’s funny, because he serves at the whim of the president and Trump is likely to get rid of him if he is elected. Brennan’s remarks were an intensification of the CIA head’s opposition to Trump’s call to employ waterboarding and methods “a hell of a lot worse” in response to the brutality of extremist groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has described the tactics as torture, but insisted that they are necessary to defeat ISIS. Brennan supported enhanced interrogation techniques under Bush, but has seen the Progressive light so-to-speak.
From The Hill:
The head of the CIA reiterated on Wednesday that he would not allow his agency to carry out brutal interrogations like those called for by Donald Trump, and appeared to suggest he would step down if a future president demanded him to do so.
In remarks at the Brookings Institution, John Brennan expanded on his previous opposition to waterboarding and other extreme interrogation techniques, which President Obama and others call torture.
“I’m not going to be the director of CIA that gives that order. I think they’re going to need to find another director,” Brennan said.
“I know that there has been calls for waterboarding or worse or whatever else,” Brennan said, in an apparent direct response to Trump. “As long as I’m the director of CIA, we are not going to go down that road again.” If Hillary comes in he can redecorate to his heart’s content… if Trump arrives, then he should pack his bags and dust off his resume. The use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other tactics are banned under U.S. law currently, but Trump claims to want to reinstate them for use against ISIS. Brennan appeared to draw a distinction between controversial tactics such as waterboarding and an expansive use of drone strikes, which are limited by presidential orders. “The CIA follows the guidance that comes from the commander in chief,” he said in response to a question about drone strikes. And yet, that is selective it would appear. “But if this president or the next president decided to change existing direction and policy guidance, it is the agency’s responsibility to carry out that policy to the best of its ability. If a president were to order the agency to carry out waterboarding or something else, it will be up to the director of CIA and others within CIA to decide whether or not that direction or order is something they will carry out in good conscience,” he added. That’s called disobeying the commander-in-chief and is prison-worthy insubordination. All of this is sheer posturing.
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