Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Obama Intel Chief Says Interrogation Methods Helped Nation in Terrorism Fight - New York Times

See New York Times Tues., April 21, 2009 at
Intel chief: Harsh techniques brought good info
Private memo says interrogation methods helped nation in terrorism fight

"WASHINGTON - President Obama’s national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.
'High value information came from interrogations in which those methods were used and provided a deeper understanding of the al Qa’ida organization that was attacking this country,' Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.
Admiral Blair sent his memo on the same day the administration publicly released secret Bush administration legal memos authorizing the use of interrogation methods that the Obama White House has deemed to be illegal torture."


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