CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News in an exclusive interview that his agency will not engage in harsh 'enhanced interrogation' practices, including waterboarding, which critics call torture — even if ordered to by a future president. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said that if elected president, he'd authorize the use of waterboarding which was banned in 2009. Trump said the technique, considered torture under international law, and other methods he characterized as 'a hell of a lot worse' would be used to extract information from potential terrorists. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is gaining on Trump in some polls, has said he does not consider waterboarding to be torture.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.