Reviving Torture Under Trump Would Be Tricky but Not Impossible
President-elect has favorable views about Bush-era harsh interrogation methods

With a soft southern drawl and a neatly trimmed salt-white beard, the architect of the CIA’s torture program captivated his audience with stories of personally waterboarding al-Qaida operatives at secret prisons and interrogating 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

McCain: ‘We Will Not Waterboard’
Former POW breaks with Trump on torture and trade

“What does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” Arizona Sen. John McCain asked at a security conference on Saturday. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a passionate address Saturday, Sen. John McCain promised that the U.S. would not reinstate waterboarding as an acceptable interrogation technique under any circumstance.

The Arizona Republican made it clear that any attempt by the new Trump administration to bring back waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning, would be immediately challenged in court, according to The Associated Press.

Kerry Warns Feinstein of CIA Torture Report's Possible Impact on Hostages

In happier times. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein Friday about the possible impact of her committee's imminent CIA torture report on American hostages and the war on ISIS.  

"He called his former colleague to discuss the broader implications of the timing of the report's release because a lot is going on in the world, and he wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing. These include our ongoing efforts against ISIL and the safety of Americans being held hostage around the world," State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. "That anyone would mischaracterize this call or question reasonable, proper, private discussions raises questions about what they’re trying to accomplish."  

Deal Reached, CIA Torture Report to Be Released Next Week

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A long-awaited summary of a Senate investigation into torture is coming next week.  

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed to CQ Roll Call that an agreement has been reached with the Obama administration on releasing the summary of her panel's investigation into the use of torture by the CIA during the George W. Bush presidency.  

Negotiations Over CIA Torture Report Nearing End

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Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein expects her panel's long-delayed report on the CIA's use of torture to be released before Republicans take over the chamber, signaling to reporters there's one sticking point left.  

"Well, no one wants to move that more quickly than I do," said the California Democrat. "We are down to essentially one item in the redaction. It happens to be a very sensitive and important item." She didn't elaborate.  

'Constructive Dialogue' Continues Over CIA Torture Report, White House Says

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Don't expect the release of a Senate report on acts of torture committed by the CIA to become an uncomfortable election year October surprise.  

Asked Tuesday what was taking time to reach an agreement on redactions with the Senate Intelligence Committee, the White House responded with a statement from National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan that pointed to deliberative discussions, but no time element for their conclusion.  

Feinstein Withholds Report on CIA Torture, Writes Letter to Obama

Brennan and Feinstein (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein isn't happy with the redactions being demanded by the administration to her committee's report on torture by the CIA, and she wants the president to intervene.  

The California Democrat said she will seek a series of changes to mitigate redactions to the report's summary made by the White House that have made the document essentially unreadable.  

Feinstein Reviewing Redactions in Senate Torture Report

Brennan and Feinstein. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:26 p.m. | The Senate Intelligence Committee's report into torture by the CIA is in the panel's hands but is still under review, Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said late Friday.  

Feinstein said in a statement the White House has returned the executive summary of her committee's report.  

Wyden Ponders Release of CIA Torture Report Without White House Consent

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A senior Senate Democrat is firing a warning shot at the White House against stalling the release of a report about the past use of torture by the U.S. intelligence community.  

Sen. Ron Wyden is talking with his colleagues about the possibility of using a seldom-invoked procedure to declassify an Intelligence Committee report on the use of torture in the event the White House does not move ahead quickly.