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Won't use controversial interrogation techniques again, CIA director says

Washington: CIA Director John Brennan has stated that his spy agency will not employ controversial interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, even if directed to do so by a future president.

In an interview with NBC News released Sunday, Brennan said, "I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I've heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure."

Brennan added that he would "not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again."

President Barack Obama prohibited waterboarding shortly after assuming office in 2009. However, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly promised that he would bring back the practice if elected.

At a Republican debate in New Hampshire in February, Trump said he would "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."

In December 2014, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee publicized a report claiming the interrogation methods used by the CIA in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were "brutal and far worse" than the agency had denoted to lawmakers.

However, during his verification hearings to be CIA director in February 2013, Brennan said the intelligence committee's report "raises serious questions about the information that I was given" about the use of superior interrogation techniques.

Brennan later said, "I do not know what the truth is."