Brian Ross, Richard Esposito & Martha Raddatz blog:
The controversial interrogation technique known as water-boarding, in which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden, current and former CIA officials tell ABCNews.com.
Watch the full report on "World News With Charles Gibson" tonight at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
The officials say Hayden made the decision at the recommendation of his deputy, Steve Kappes, and received approval from the White House to remove water-boarding from the list of approved interrogation techniques first authorized by a presidential finding in 2002.
The officials say the decision was made sometime last year but has never been publicly disclosed.
One U.S. intelligence official said, "It would be wrong to assume that the program of the past moved into the future unchanged."