Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Delivers Statement to Press TV: 'CIA Reacting to Trump’s View on Torture'
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:36 PM

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Abayomi Azikiwe says CIA Chief John Brennan’s remarks indicate that “there is a debate going on inside the US intelligence” around GOP presidential candidates’ support for torture.

Recent remarks by the CIA director, who said his agency would not resort to waterboarding, show that the US intelligence apparatus is somewhat reacting to GOP presidential candidates who promised to support "enhanced interrogation" practice, says an analyst.

CIA Chief John Brennan has recently said that he “absolutely” would not agree to having “any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

“I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” Brennan told NBC News on Sunday.

However, Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated torture, saying he would “absolutely” bring back waterboarding “and even more.”

US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Trump’s chief rival, has gone even one step further, saying he does not even consider waterboarding to be torture.

Cruz says he would “use whatever enhanced interrogation methods we could to keep this country safe.”

Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at the Pan-African News Wire, said Monday that Brennan’s remarks are “an indication that perhaps there is a debate going on inside the US intelligence and military apparatus around some of the things that Donald Trump is saying and others during the course of election.”

“I don’t think that this has been said in a vacuum, I believe it reflects some real issues that the US security apparatus will have to deal with,” Azikiwe told Press TV.

“I think it’s up to the United States Congress in regard to scaling back the laws that were passed in the aftermath of September 11th of 2001, particularly the Military Commissions Act and the Homeland Security Act, these acts actually provide a rationale to this type of torture,” he concluded.

A 2014 report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee detailed the torture tactics used by the CIA, including extensive use of waterboarding.

The brutal practice, which mimics the sensation of drowning, was first allowed during former US president George W. Bush’s administration for terror suspects. President Barack Obama banned it days after taking office in 2009.

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