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    A pledge by CIA Director John Brennan to refuse an order from any US president to waterboard a captured terrorist reflects weakness of the United States in a battle against Islamist extremism, US Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Brennan said in an interview he would not bring back detainee torture methods, such as the waterboarding interrogation technique, despite calls from US presidential hopefuls.

    "I think his [Brennan’s] comments are ridiculous. Can you imagine these ISIS [Daesh] people sitting around, eating and talking about this country won’t allow waterboarding and they just chopped off 50 heads?" Trump told the news program Fox&Friends.

    Waterboarding, which US President Barack Obama has described as "torture" and ended the practice, was the most prominent in a series of enhanced interrogation techniques widely used during the administration of President George W. Bush.

    The technique involves repeatedly pouring water onto a cloth covering a suspect’s mouth and nose, which simulates the sensation of drowning.

    A 2014 ABC News-Washington Post poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans believe that the torture of suspected terrorists can be often or sometimes justified.

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