President Donald Trump preparing to end ban on Central Intelligence Agency black site prisons

US Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse

Its existence was reported by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, drawing immediate bipartisan opposition.

"I have spoken as recently as 24 hours ago with people at the highest level of intelligence and I asked them the question: Does it work?"

Katie Taylor, the deputy director at global human rights organization Reprieve said Britain act ensure it is not dragged into a new Trump order.

President Trump ran on the platform of being the law and order candidate, dedicating his presidency to defeating the Islamic State, and strengthening US defense. But the law is the law. But the law is the law. Sen. "Does torture work?" Mr. Trump told ABC News in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday evening. "We're in a situation today where once the president, the review goes through, and we, what's happened in terms of the usefulness of enhanced interrogation, the difference between the enhanced interrogation manual techniques and the Army Field Manual techniques, I think that we can then decide what steps are necessary next". "Absolutely I feel it works".

In an interview with the New York Times past year, Trump said he was "impressed" by a recommendation from Mattis, who at the time was under consideration for Defense Secretary.

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McCain noted the assurances from Mattis and Pompeo and said, "I am confident these leaders will be true to their word". " 'Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers, and I'll do better, ' " Trump quoted Mattis as telling him. "We are not bringing back torture in the United States of America", the Arizona senator said in a statement. A section at the end of the four-page order does state that no one in USA custody "shall at any time be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as proscribed by US law".

It's corrosive to the morale of the (intelligence community) should we ever get back into the business of enhanced interrogation techniques. But another section of the draft states "no person in the custody of the United States shall at any time be subjected to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, as described by USA or worldwide law".

This is something of an odd statement, given that torture is expressly forbidden by both American law and worldwide law.

On Guantanamo, the draft order says detention facilities "are a critical tool in the fight against global jihadist terrorist groups who are engaged in armed conflict with the United States, its allies and its coalition partners".

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