Brennan: Waterboarding ‘Should Never Have Taken Place’

John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, said Thursday that he believed waterboarding is “reprehensible” and never should have occurred, during his Senate confirmation. As CIA director, Brennan said he would not resurrect the practice but declined to label the practice torture.

“It is something that should have been banned and it should never have taken place in my view,” Brennan said.

On whether waterboarding is torture, Brennan said, “I have a person opinion that it is reprehensible and it is something that should not be done. I’m not a lawyer so I can’t address that question.”