Saturday in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the annual Halifax International Security Forum, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pushed back against the possibility of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration using the tactic of waterboarding, as Trump may have suggested in the past.
“So I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do, or anybody else want to do, we will not waterboard,” he said. “We will not torture.”
McCain, who was tortured in captivity during the Vietnam War and who served as the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, noted that such extreme interrogation methods are ineffective and banned by both US federal law and the international Geneva Conventions. And he’s not the only high-ranking national security expert to denounce Trump’s esteem for the controversial practice.