Torture works but will follow CIA, Pentagon advice: Donald Trump

Underlining the necessity to "fight fire with fire" in the face of the beheadings of Americans and other atrocities by ISIS terrorists, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he thinks waterboarding and other interrogation techniques widely
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India TV News Desk New Delhi 26 Jan 2017, 02:40 PM IST

Underlining the necessity to "fight fire with fire" in the face of the beheadings of Americans and other atrocities by ISIS terrorists, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he thinks waterboarding and other interrogation techniques widely seen as torture -- and prohibited by law -- "absolutely" work.

"When they're chopping off the heads of our people, and other people... when ISIS is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding? As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire," Trump told ABC News in an interview. 

Trump, however, added that he would rely on the advice of Pentagon chief James Mattis and Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo on whether to reinstate them.

"I'm going to go with what they say. And if they don't want to do, that's fine. If they do wanna do, then I will work toward that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what you're allowed to do legally," he said.

"But do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works," he added.

The New York Times recently reported on  a three-page draft order reauthorizing the "black site" prisons where suspects detained after the 9/11 attacks of 2001 were subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques" -- including waterboarding.

A Trump spokesman, however, clarified that the draft seen by the newspaper did not originate at the White House.

In February 2016, Donald  Trump had said that torture works and pledged to bring back waterboarding and "much worse."

Trump, however, changed his opinion in December 2016 after meeting James Mattis, now appointed as his Secretary of Defence,  and said that he agreed with Mattis's argument that building trust and rewarding cooperation by detainees worked better than waterboarding.

Mike Pompeo, the new CIA chief, had also promised to a Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing that he would "absolutely not" comply with any order to revive the "enhanced interrogation techniques" employed by the CIA after 9/11.

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