Top NSA Officials Vow Insubordination, McCain Says He’ll Sue Trump Over Torture Policy
Top national security officials, including some who served under Bush, have sworn to disobey and have predicted insubordination and resignations from the military and CIA if Trump orders them to torture, and Republican Sen. John Mccain threatened to sue the President-elect over his promise to bring back torture to America, reported Politico.
Trump has repeatedly said that he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” But Sen. Mccain issued a fiery warning to the President-elect on Saturday.
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard,” McCain told an audience at the annual Halifax International Security Forum. “We will not torture people … It doesn’t work.”
During the forum, McCain was pressed on his meaning of standing against Trump’s torture policies and McCain vowed if Trump ever began a policy of using torture as an interrogation method, he would see to it that Trump was dragged into a courtroom:
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we’d have them in court in a New York minute,” McCain added to applause from the crowd of American, Canadian and European security officials and experts.
The Arizona Senator has good reason to be an opponent of torture as he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five and a half years and was tortured throughout his captivity. This was a flashpoint during the campaign when Trump mocked McCain’s status as a war hero, saying ”He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
McCain reminded the audience that torture remains illegal under the Geneva Conventions and was also banned by Congress last year.
That law, signed by President Barack Obama, restricts interrogation techniques to those outlined by the U.S. Army Field Manual — which does not permit waterboarding.
Under the Bush-Cheney administration, the CIA spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build secret black sites for the specific purpose of torturing terror suspects in flagrant violation of international law.
Thanks to President Obama and many military officials, the use of such “enhanced interrogation methods”, as they called them, are now illegal.
But the law didn’t stop Trump from naming pro-torture GOP Rep. Mike Pompeo to head his CIA. Pompeo has defended Bush-era interrogation programs that included waterboarding and other techniques widely defined as torture as “within the law, within the constitution.”