Secretary of State John Kerry denounced the use of torture in his department’s annual human rights report on Wednesday, NBC News reported.
"I want to remove even a scintilla of doubt or confusion that has been caused by statements that others have made in recent weeks and months," Kerry told reporters. "The United States is opposed to the use of torture in any form, at any time, by any government or non-state actor."
Kerry’s comments come after CIA Director John Brennan told NBC News recently that the agency will not participate in "enhanced interrogation" practices such as waterboarding, even if a future president gave an order to do so.
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Donald Trump said he would authorize the technique if elected president, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he doesn’t consider waterboarding torture.