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President Donald Trump has made it clear that he believes the United States should consider using torture when interrogating terrorist suspects. Last February, during the Republican primary campaign, he pledged that if elected, he would authorize techniques “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Doing so, he later bragged, “wouldn’t bother me even a little bit.” Trump insisted that “torture works”—and that even if it doesn’t, terrorists “deserve it anyway.” 

Soon after his inauguration, Trump indicated that in crafting policy on interrogations, he would defer to the counsel of his defense secretary, the retired Marine Corps general James Mattis, who opposes the use of torture. “I’m going with General Mattis,” Trump said in an interview with David Muir of ABC News. “But do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works.” 

The administration has continued to send mixed signals on the subject. In late

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  • ANTONIO TAGUBA retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 with the rank of Major General. He led a 2004 army internal investigation into prisoner abuse at the U.S. detention facility in Abu Ghraib, Iraq. SCOTT COOPER retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is Director of National Security Outreach at Human Rights First.
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