US security and intelligence officials are reportedly considering resigning following the victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, which has raised their concerns about his “dangerous” policies.
The British newspaper Guardian has been told by sources in the military, intelligence services, diplomatic corps and federal law enforcement that Trump’s victory has caused a moral dilemma for them, who are considering whether to remain in their posts or quit.
Sources said that officials are debating resigning because they are “fearful” that they might be forced to carry out orders by which they may breach legal boundaries or moral limits.
Trump has formerly spoken about his controversial national security plans, including a suggestion to revive the use of torture, banning Muslims from entering the US and targeting the families of terrorism suspects.
During the bid for the Republican nomination earlier this year, Trump said that he supports waterboarding and similar interrogation techniques because “torture works” in the questioning of terrorists.
Trump has emphasized his intention to reinstate waterboarding and techniques that are “so much worse” and “much stronger.”
“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Trump said. “Okay, folks? Torture — you know, half these guys [say]: ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Believe me, it works. Okay?” he said during a campaign rally.
The administration of President Barack Obama discontinued the use of waterboarding because it deemed the technique to be torture.
The president-elect has also once explained his intention for the US military to carry out the intentional killings of terrorists’ families. When asked what if the military refuse to follow his illegal orders, Trump said, “They won’t refuse, they’re not going to refuse me — believe me.”
Several Republican foreign policy and national security officials signed an open letter in August in which they expressed concern that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
The officials accused the billionaire of having an “alarming ignorance” over basic international issues, saying he “lacks the character, values and experience” to be in charge of security related issues.
Trump, however, dismissed their claims and accused them of being a “failed Washington elite.”