It turns out that Donald Trump's statement on the use of torture and other war crimes, as reported in the New York Times yesterday, was somewhat less reassuring than we first thought. Emphasis mine. Despite being told by Gen. Mattis that torture was ineffective, Trump still seems to belive that: No Mr. President-Elect. That's not the standard. We are fighting barbarism and unspeakable cruelty in our fight against ISIS. That is not justification to descend to a level of barbarity and inhumanity ourselves. And I don't care if Gallup poll shows 95% approval for torture or any other War Crime - it doesn't make it right. It is unfair to ask our brave and honorable men and women in uniform, in the CIA, NSA, and every other Government agency to degrade and dishonor themselves by committing war crimes. And I think it is incumbent on the American people, and the US Congress to give them that assurance. A good start would be asking Trump's nominees for Secretary of Defense, Homeland Security, and any other pertinent office point blank: Will you order subordinates to commit war crimes, including waterboarding? And to further pass a resolution stating that any Government official who does issue such orders will be legally held to account. If not during this Administration, then during the next.