Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

White House says draft interrogation order is not a White House document


Trump changed tone on use of torture during his campaign, announcing at rallies in early 2016 adamant support for techniques like waterboarding - which involves dunking suspects in water in simulated drowning - adamantly saying such techniques are effective. "I want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally", Trump exclusively told World News Tonight Anchor David Muir during an interview at the White House.

The three-page order also would undo numerous restrictions on handling detainees put in place under president Barack Obama to roll back practices authorized during George W. Bush's administration, the New York Times reported.

"I'm not sure where it came from or where it originated, but it is not a White House document", he said.

"The reopening of black sites, the reexamination of whether we ought to go back to EITs - all of this I think is deeply disparaging to the country", Rep.

"During both our personal conversations and his confirmation hearing, CIA Director Mike Pompeo repeatedly committed to me that he will comply with the law that applies the Army Field Manual's interrogation requirements to all US agencies, including the CIA", he said.

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Spicer told reporters that the order was "not a White House document. But the law is the law", McCain said in a statement.

A draft executive order obtained by the New York Timeswould lift numerous restrictions on the treatment and handling of detainees put in place by the Obama administration, and could potentially lead to the return of some of the most controversial interrogation practices of the Bush administration.

President Trump ran on the platform of being the law and order candidate, dedicating his presidency to defeating the Islamic State, and strengthening USA defense.

He agreed that it would require a change in law for the Central Intelligence Agency to lawfully employ interrogation techniques beyond those contained in the Army Field Manual.

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

It is unclear when Trump would sign the document.

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