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Ex-CIA and NSA chief Hayden tells Maher: Troops would not obey if Trump ordered death to terrorists’ families

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Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden criticized Donald Trump’s threats to reinstate waterboarding during an interview on Friday with Real Time host Bill Maher.

“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that Candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Hayden said, quoting Trump’s remark that “‘We’re gonna do waterboarding and a whole lot more because they deserve it” during a GOP candidate debate.

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“What about killing the terrorists’ families?” Maher replied. “That never occurred to you, and you’re a real badass.”

“God no,” Hayden answered. “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”

“That’s quite a statement there. I thought the whole thing was, you had to follow orders,” Maher said.

“You cannot — in fact, you are required not to follow an unlawful order. That would be in violation of all the international laws of conflict,” Hayden replied.

Trump has argued that he could make waterboarding legal by “declassifying it,” and has also played along with supporters mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for not embracing the practice.

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Watch the interview, as posted online, below.


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‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser

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At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.

Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

- What is the origin of the cluster? -

Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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