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Trump considers ditching ban on torture and Central Intelligence Agency 'black site' prisons

The New York Times and Associated Press had reported earlier on a supposed draft executive order that would seek a review of both policies.

A draft executive order, titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy Combatants", says Mr Trump is exploring the possibility of reopening so-called overseas "black site" prisons, where terrorists were detained and tortured during President Bush's post 9/11 "War on Terror".

The second was his directive to end Central Intelligence Agency prisons, grant Red Cross access to all prisons, and limit interrogators to the army field manual techniques - which fall short of the "enhanced interrogation" introduced under the Bush adminsitration.

Trump's argument was that ISIS is beheading people and posting the videos online, but that the United States is "not allowed to do anything".

On President Obama's first day in office in January 2009, he issued executive orders on interrogations and detentions at the US military center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The President has said in the past that he would like to "broaden" United States laws to allow torture, including waterboarding.

The leaked draft order lifting the ban on Bush-era "enhanced interrogation techniques", however, only echoed statements Trump made on the campaign trail like "torture works" and "if it doesn't work, they deserve it anyway."

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However, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has just declared in a press conference that, "It is not a White House document".

"The reopening of black sites, the reexamination of whether we ought to go back to EITs - all of this I think is deeply disparaging to the country", Rep.

A former chief of staff to former CIA Director Leon Panetta, Jeremy Bash, said few operatives support a return to the use of torture.

After his election, Trump said that conversations with his new Secretary of Defense James Mattis led him to rethink his position, though added that he had not necessarily changed his mind.

Whether or not it's real, the document drew wide condemnation from members of Congress, signaling that a backlash could occur if Trump does endorse the order. Sen.

One intelligence insider who asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to discuss the issue said subsequent divulging of the existence of black sites embarrassed some of the nations that hosted them, making re-establishment of the practice hard. Trump said. "As far as I'm concerned, we have to fight fire with fire".

"The President can sign whatever executive orders he likes", McCain said.

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