Donald Trump has pledged that his presidency would resume waterboarding "or worse" — orders that top CIA officials say would cause heavy resistance from the agency.
"I certainly think many of those who were connected to the [enhanced interrogation techniques] program over its six years' span — and hundreds are still there — would resign or retire rather than having to go down that perilous road again," former CIA lawyer John Rizzo told Newsweek.
While many have debated the extent to which waterboarding is effective (not to mention if such measures violate the Geneva Convention's prohibitions on torture), Trump has insisted that, "It works, okay? It works. Only a stupid person would say it doesn't work." Trump has gone as far as to admit that even if it doesn't work, terrorist suspects "deserve it anyway, for what they're doing."
"I pity the poor SOB who is President Trump's CIA director and gets the order to do interrogation techniques 'worse' than waterboarding, not to mention the CIA general counsel or Justice Department attorney general who has the legal issue dropped in his or her lap," Rizzo said.
One of the CIA's former chiefs, General Michael Hayden, put it in clearer terms in the ABC documentary The Spymasters: "If some future president is going to decide to waterboard," Hayden said, "he'd better bring his own bucket, because he's going to have to do it himself." Jeva Lange
Istanbul's Ataturk airport was hit by two explosions Tuesday, leaving 10 people dead and wounding at least 20 others, Turkey's justice minister said. Officials have reported that the explosions were the work of two suicide bombers. Gunfire was also reportedly "heard from the car park at the airport," one witness told Reuters, and taxis are reportedly shuttling injured people away from the airport.
The Ataturk airport features X-ray scanners at a checkpoint at the entrance to the international terminal, and then a separate security checkpoint further inside the terminal, BuzzFeed News' Middle East correspondent Borzou Daraghi said. Turkish officials said police at the outer checkpoint shot at the two attackers as they approached the terminal entrance, at which point they detonated their bombs.
BBC Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen, who landed at Ataturk apparently right after the explosions, noted that the airport has long been considered a "vulnerable target" because of its lack of vehicle screening. The attacks follow several recent bombings in Turkey that have been tied to either Kurdish or Islamic State militants. Becca Stanek
CNN commentator and former Donald Trump campaign chair Corey Lewandowski said Trump's economy-focused speech Tuesday was his "best speech of the presidential cycle." Too bad everyone was too busy staring at the literal mound of trash behind Trump to listen to it:
Just turned on the TV: Is Trump giving this speech inside a giant trash compactor? pic.twitter.com/FFEn5KtH0t
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 28, 2016
Trump stands in front of garbage to give a garbage speech. Sad!
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) June 28, 2016
“Mr. Trump needs a backdrop.”
“What do you have in mind?”
“It’s gotta be on-brand. Obviously.”
“A giant pile of garbage?”
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) June 28, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Footage of Trump’s advance team setting up the backdrop for today’s speech. pic.twitter.com/E6A5FpMwsT
— Aaron Earls (@WardrobeDoor) June 28, 2016
Much to Oscar's surprise pic.twitter.com/gry9IC2cXM
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 28, 2016
Yes, that actually is trash — or, to be more specific, crushed aluminum cans — behind Trump. The presumptive GOP nominee was likely going for a message about supporting American industry, as he was speaking at Alumisource, which CNN describes as "a raw material producer for the aluminum and steel industries in Monessen, Pennsylvania."
Looks like he just opened himself up to a whole lotta trash talking instead. Becca Stanek
Speaking with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held firm on his reluctance to outright endorse Hillary Clinton for president. Mitchell mentioned Sanders' statements last week that he would vote for Clinton in November, and asked the senator whether there's a distinction between the vote and an endorsement or whether they're "one and the same."
"No, they're not one and the same," Sanders replied. "What I am trying to do now, in a variety of ways, is to see that we have a Democratic platform that represents working families, that is prepared to take on the fossil fuel industry and Wall Street."
When Mitchell noted that Clinton's lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is in the single digits, and that she could use a wave of support — presumably brought on by Sanders' endorsement — to boost her in the polls, Sanders demurred. "It's not a question of my endorsement. It's a question of the American people understanding that Secretary Clinton is prepared to stand with them as they work longer hours for low wages, as they cannot afford health care, as their kids can't afford to go to college," he said. "Make it clear that she is on their side. … I have no doubt that if Secretary Clinton makes those positions clear, she will defeat Trump, and defeat him by a very wide margin."
Watch the full segment below. Kimberly Alters
Uber is no longer just a form of ground transportation — at least, if you live in China. The company announced at TechCrunch Shanghai over the weekend that it's expanding its services to the air and the water, with the upcoming launch of UberBalloon and UberBoat.
Yes, you can now request a hot air balloon ride — or boat ride — with a swipe on your smartphone. But before you get too excited about the thought of hailing a hot air balloon to the bars on Saturday night, keep in mind that these new rides are currently only available in China.
No word yet on whether rates for hot air balloon rides can surge. Becca Stanek
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is already jumping to action on her pledge to ensure the country's membership in the European Union, despite Britain's vote to leave the organization. Sturgeon is set to meet with European Parliament chiefs in Brussels on Wednesday to negotiate Scotland's place in the 28-member bloc by presenting the country's "positions and interests," Reuters reports. "Our early priority has been to ensure that there is a widespread awareness across Europe of Scotland's different choice in the referendum and of our aspiration to stay in the EU," Sturgeon has told the Scottish parliament.
Although Britain elected to exit the EU, Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain, 62 percent to 38 percent. Sturgeon has already said that she is open to the possibility of Scotland exiting the United Kingdom, if that becomes necessary to ensure the country's standing in the EU.
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn lost his no-confidence vote Tuesday, with 172 votes against him, 40 in support, and four abstentions. Shortly after the vote, the Labour Party released a statement accepting the motion that it "has no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as Leader," adding to pressure for Corbyn to step down after last week's Brexit vote. Corbyn's detractors argue that he didn't do enough to support the party's stance on the Brexit and sway Brits against voting to exit the European Union.
While Tuesday's vote is "nonbinding," The Washington Post reports that it's "likely to lead to a new leadership contest that could deepen divisions within a party already riven with fractures between its moderates and hard-left factions." BBC reports that there already "names in the frame" for Corbyn's potential challengers, including Tom Watson and Angela Eagle.
Corbyn, however, has already vowed that he will not resign. "I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning," Corbyn said in a statement after the vote Tuesday. "Today's vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy. We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists, and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country." Becca Stanek
NCAA basketball coach Pat Summitt didn't just lead her players to success on the court — she drove them to success in the classroom, too. The legendary basketball coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols, who died Tuesday at the age of 64, boasted a 100 percent graduation rate for all Lady Vols who finished out their NCAA eligibility at Tennessee, the school reports. Throughout Summitt's 38-year career, she coached 161 Lady Vols players.
To put that achievement into perspective, the average annual graduation rate in women's basketball in 2015 was 89 percent. For men, the average last year was 77 percent, which, ESPN reports, was an "all-time high."
Summitt retired in 2012, after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. She holds the winningest record in Division I college basketball, leading the Lady Vols to eight national championships and never posting a losing record in 38 seasons as a coach. Becca Stanek