Senator John McCain has issued a stiff warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture, insisting the United States would not reinstate waterboarding.
“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do. We will not waterboard,” McCain said at the annual Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday. “We will not torture people … It doesn’t work.”
McCain, the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee, warned that any attempt to bring back torture, including waterboarding, would be challenged in court.
“If they started waterboarding, I swear to you that we’d have them in court in a New York minute,” he said.
The Arizona senator, who was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, acknowledged that waterboarding tarnishes the US image in the world.
“What does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” he asked.
McCain added that torture remains illegal under the Geneva…