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Gen. Hayden to Trump: CIA Will Never Bring Back Waterboarding

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By    |   Thursday, 30 Jun 2016 01:10 PM

The CIA will never again use waterboarding while interrogating suspected terrorists, even if Donald Trump is elected and follows up with his campaign talk of bringing back the outlawed technique, CIA Director Michael Hayden Thursday.

"At that point, the director is going to have to man up and simply say, 'For the protection of my officers, I'm afraid, Mr. President, I cannot direct that,'" Hayden, who served under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told the "CBS This Morning" program.

Back in February, when Trump was also calling for waterboarding, Hayden told NBC News that if Trump wants "somebody waterboarded, bring your own damn bucket," and on Thursday told CBS' Charlie Rose that he stands behind that statement.

"I have said we are not going to do that, and that is not disowning what the agency did before, but the law has changed," said Hayden. The procedure was banned by the United States in 2006 and has been described by Obama and other critics as being torture.

But on Tuesday, during a speech in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Trump made a new call for waterboarding in the wake of a terrorist attack in Turkey that killed nearly 50 people.

"What do you think about waterboarding?" he said at the rally. "I like it a lot. I don't think it's tough enough . . . It's peanuts compared to many alternatives."

Trump's foreign policy positions, Hayden continued, "suggest courses of action that I think would be destructive for our country and our allies and our world."

But presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, when it comes to foreign policy "is fine," and "might be a little stronger than the current president" when it comes to national security," said Hayden.

However, he said he's also concerned about Clinton, but when it comes to matters that have nothing to do with national security, but instead when it comes to a Supreme Court justice pick.

Meanwhile, the retired four-star general, who in addition to heading the CIA also was director of the National Security Agency, commented on the news that Turkish officials believe the attackers involved in the terror attacks at the Istanbul airport were from Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

"It just shows the international draw that ISIS has been able to achieve and it's not the first time we have seen it," said Hayden "We have known those kind of attackers like Europeans, like some North Americans have been drawn into the conflict.

"So the fact that they were used for this particular attack, interesting. Not surprising. Well below shocking."

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