CIA Pick Vows No Return of US Torture Program

Pompeo testified at his confirmation hearing today.
2:24 | 01/12/17

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If you were ordered. By the president. To restart the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. That fall outside of the army field manual which you comply. Senator absolutely not. More moreover I. Can't imagine that I would be asked that buys that pres elect or then president. But it's a pyrrhic I voted for that change that put the army field manual place is a member Chris I understand that law very very quickly and am also deeply aware that any changes to that. We'll come through congress and president and regular ward and regular order yes ma'am absolutely would respect to. The outlines of what's an army field manual there's there's no doubt in my mind about the limitations it places not only on the DOD but on the Central Intelligence Agency. And I'll always comply with the law. On what do you consider the greatest threat United States of America faces today in what person. Brings the greatest threat to our country the want to do us harm. So it's always hard to rack and stack especially in times of turmoil around the world that we find today but let me. We give it up throw. So I begin with the threat from terrorism as it extends into the homeland. If you asked what was the most immediate threat I think it's certainly that that is it presents the most immediate threat to personal risk. Two person living in south central Kansas. And so we need to be a country associated with the oh boy they're too many to name but let's let's start with the activities taken place today in Syria and Iraq and the threat that. Terrorists that pose that both Sunni and Shia terrorists the posts the United States so ices and al-Qaeda would be the primary. Organizations today but it expands far beyond that we've also seen challenges from radical Islamic terrorism south the. Do you believe terrorism is the highest threat that we face I mean you're right I'm just saying your position have right now who unclassified position you right now on your experience. In the near term threat to life and limb Americans yes. Had put North Korea China and Russia right up there alongside them at which one has the weapons it is arm. Oh goodness so the nuclear powers are the ones that have the biggest threat to do catastrophic harm to the united state. Which person in the world news. Did you you're in your estimation has the does our deduced the Mostar. Or to ask me for a singular individual. It's really tough question senator mention it the list is long there's a lot of passer.

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