During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump spoke several times about using waterboarding on terrorism suspects, claiming that this is a “much stronger” torture method. However, if he tries to bring this practice back, he might deal with opposition from withing the GOP.
According to NPR, Arizona Senator John McCain seemed intrigued this Saturday, during the Halifax International Security Forum, when a moderator asked him about this specific torture method and what powers the Congress has to “reign in a president who does things which you find intolerable?”
Is waterboarding actually legal in the U.S.?
Mr. McCain, who is also chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, mentioned that the Geneva Conventions, as well as an amendment past last year by the Congress, banned such interrogation methods.
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you there’s a whole bunch of us that would have them in court in a New York minute,” said McCain. “So I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do, we will not waterboard, we will not torture. We will not torture people.”
Basically, Mr. McCain doesn’t consider that waterboarding, as well as any other torture methods will work. But is Donald Trump sharing the same opinion? No, not at all.
“Torture works. OK, folks? Believe me, it works. OK? And waterboarding is your minor form, but we should go much stronger than waterboarding,” the president-elect said this spring, during a campaign event.
Possible CIA director also disagrees
What’s very interesting is that Congressman Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee for CIA director, completely disagrees with this method.
“Our men and women who were tasked to keep us safe in the aftermath of 9/11—our military and our intelligence warriors—are heroes,” he said in a statement. “These men and women are not torturers, they are patriots. The programs being used were within the law, within the Constitution…”
Looking forward to seeing the outcome of this whole situation…