Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA Counterterrorist Center
Media playback is unsupported on your device

CIA: Waterboarding 'not a pretty sight'

Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center, has acknowledged that waterboarding - an interrogation technique that simulates drowning - is "not a pretty sight".

Mr Rodriguez ordered the destruction of secret CIA video tapes of the process, which Newsnight's Peter Taylor has revealed contained footage of one al-Qaeda suspect "vomiting and screaming".

Watch Peter Taylor's full interview with Jose Rodriguez on Newsnight on Wednesday 9 April 2012 at 10.30pm on BBC Two, then afterwards on the BBC iPlayer and Newsnight website.

  • 09 May 2012
Go to next video: CIA defends destruction of waterboarding tapes