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Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast: Trump Backer Pushes for New CIA ‘Enhanced Interrogation’
Jose Rodriguez destroyed tapes of interrogations during the Bush years, and he says the next president should go further than waterboarding terrorist suspects.
The former senior CIA officer who championed waterboarding hopes President-elect Donald Trump will bring back harsh interrogation methods—and bring the CIA back into the business of interrogating terrorist suspects.
“We have to be able to capture terrorists. We have to be able to interrogate them. We don’t do that anymore,” said Jose Rodriguez, who led the CIA’s clandestine service during the Bush administration.
A Trump supporter, Rodriguez said he didn’t want to lead the CIA, though he has been named as a possible pick. But he does want to bring back some form of now-illegal interrogation measures, like waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other so-called “enhanced interrogation methods” approved by the Bush White House to question terrorist suspects in the wake of the al Qaeda attacks of 9/11.
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WNU Editor: The temptation and the sentiment is there to have a new CIA enhanced interrogation (at least among some in the Trump transition team). But will this become policy .... hmmmm .... I doubt it .... there are far more important issues to focus on than this one.