dglobalnews.com White House considers review of interrogation methods
Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Medical | By Benjamin Edwards

White House considers review of interrogation methods

The White House is preparing an executive order that would smooth the path for the Central Intelligence Agency to reopen "black site" detention facilities where it held and interrogated terrorism suspects before the Obama administration shuttered them, The New York Times reports.

Trump claimed to have spoken with "people at the highest level of intelligence.within the past 24 hours" of Muir's interview, "and asked them the question, 'Does torture work?'" "Does torture work? And the answer was yes, absolutely", Trump said in an interview with ABC News.

"In response to written questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he 'support [s] using the Army Field Manual as the single standard for all US military interrogations, '" McCain noted.

Overseas "Black sites" were authorized by presidential order by former President George W. Bush in the days after 9/11 to allow for enhanced interrogation techniques of detainees that would not have been allowed on USA soil.

The three-page draft order, titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants" would reportedly repeal measures by the administration of former President Barack Obama that led to closure of the secret sites.

The White House and Pentagon didn't immediately comment.

"I will rely on Pompeo and Mattis, and my group", he said.

Human rights groups have criticised Trump for his statements on bringing back torture in his fight against Islamic State and other groups.

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"Moreover I can't imagine that I would be asked that by that by the President-elect", he said.

During his confirmation hearing to become CIA Director, Pompeo was asked whether he would comply if Trump issued a presidential order calling for the reinstatement of enhanced interrogation techniques that now fall outside the Army Field Manual.

"Federal law now clearly prohibits torture and "cruel, inhumane, and degrading" treatment of detainees, and prohibits interrogation techniques not authorized by the Army Field Manual".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer rejected that the document belonged to the White House.

McCain said Defense Secretary James Mattis said likewise in response to a query in writing.

Whether or not it's real, the document drew wide condemnation from members of Congress, signaling that a backlash could occur if Trump does endorse the order. Sen.

They said there is no plan to resurrect overseas CIA-run "black sites" or to review procedures in the Army Field Manual.

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