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McCain rebukes Trump: 'We are not bringing back torture' in the US

26 January 2017, 12:46 | Elizabeth Houston

That would include undoing Obama's order that provides the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all wartime prisoners the US holds, The Times reported. "Congress has spoken", Thune said when asked about the possibility of the US government re-opening so-called black sites to torture suspected terrorists.

Former President Barack Obama ordered them closed in early 2009 with his own executive orders. While some former government leaders insist the program was effective in obtaining critical intelligence, many others blame it for some of the worst abuses in the "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States.

Although this executive order did not originate in the White House and was in turn denied by the Trump Administration, it would have been a sure step in the right direction, providing more efficiency to the Central Intelligence Agency when investigating those who pose a threat to USA national security. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Thune was opening the Republican issues retreat along with Rep.

John McCain that if any changes to the field manual were being contemplated, he would discuss that with Congress. McCain put out a statement today saying, "The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes". He said - I was surprised - he said, 'I've never found it to be useful.' He said, 'I've always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.' And I was very impressed by that answer.

The White House and Pentagon didn't immediately comment.

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Trump pledged on the campaign trail to reinstate waterboarding as well as harsher interrogation practices.

Mattis has since been sworn in as secretary of defense.

Their existence only came to public light in 2006. After condemnation in much of the world, Obama ended the program in his first days in office.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order concerning oil pipelines on Tuesday. A 2015 vote banned torture and said the US must adhere to the standards of war laid out in the US Army's field manual on interrogation. Such efforts had a "predictably negative impact on the morale of our intelligence community". However, their existence was only acknowledged five years later in a speech in which Bush declined to say where they were and insisted only that the interrogation techniques used there were "tough. safe, and lawful, and necessary".

It is unclear when Trump would sign the document.

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