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Harsh interrogation of Qaeda worked: ex-CIA chief.

Summary: A former head of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  Central Intelligence Agency insisted Sunday that harsh interrogation interrogation

In criminal law, process of formally and systematically questioning a suspect in order to elicit incriminating responses. The process is largely outside the governance of law, though in the U.S.
 techniques widely condemned as torture had succeeded in battling al-Qaeda and saving American

A former head of the United States Central Intelligence Agency insisted Sunday that harsh interrogation techniques widely condemned as torture had succeeded in battling al-Qaeda and saving American lives, something he characterized as "an inconvenient truth."

Michael Hayden, who was replaced as CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.

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 chief earlier this year by President Barack Obama, assailed Obama's decision last week to release "Top Secret" memos detailing the interrogation techniques as "really dangerous" for U.S. intelligence efforts.

Speaking on the "Fox News Sunday Fox News Sunday is a public affairs magazine on Fox, airing on Sunday mornings. The show, which began in 1996, is hosted by Chris Wallace. The show, which predates the launch of Fox News Channel, usually talks about items similar to Sunday-morning interview shows. " program, Hayden rejected claims by critics that methods like extreme sleep deprivation sleep deprivation Sleep disorders A prolonged period without the usual amount of sleep. See Driver fatigue, Poor sleeping hygiene, Sleep disorders, Sleep-onset insomnia. , water-boarding and the use of insects to provoke fear had proved ineffective in getting information from top members of the al-Qaeda terrorist network. "The facts of the case are that the use of these techniques against these terrorists made us safer, it really did," Hayden said.

"It's what I'd call, without meaning any irreverence to anybody, 'a really inconvenient truth.'"

Hayden specifically rejected a weekend report in the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Times citing CIA officials saying that water-boarding and beating top al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah Abu Zubaydah (born 12 March 1971) (Arabic: ابو زبيدة) was, according to American authorities, a high-ranking member of al-Qaida and close associate of Osama bin Laden, though there are doubts of his power and connections due to the  yielded no more information than softer interrogation techniques.

"We stand by our story. The critical information we got from Abu Zubaydah came after we began the EIT's, enhanced interrogation techniques Enhanced interrogation techniques is a term that the Bush administration used to describe techniques of aggressively extracting information from captives which they say are necessary in the War on Terror. ," he said.

Abu Zubaydah

Hayden said Abu Zubaydah had "clammed up" after providing some "nominal information" under initial questioning.

But under harsher interrogation he "gave up more valuable information," including tips that led to the capture of another senior al-Qaeda agent, Ramzi Binalshibh, he said.

Hayden also dismissed Obama's controversial promise not to seek prosecution of CIA agents or former officials under President George W. Bush who authorized or carried out the harsh techniques the government now condemns.

"Oh, God no, it's not the end of it," Hayden said, warning of possible civil lawsuits or congressional probes targeting CIA agents who relied on the Bush-era memos to carry out harsh interrogations.

"There will be more revelations. There will be more commissions. There will be more investigations," he said.

"And this to an agency, again I'll repeat, that is at war and is on the front lines of defending America."

"Top secret" memos

Hayden also said Obama's own CIA director, Leon Panetta, as well as three other former CIA chiefs had warned the White House against releasing of the memos outlining U.S. interrogation techniques.

"At the tactical level, what we have described for our enemies in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
 of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an al-Qaeda terrorist. That's very valuable information," he said.

Janet Napolitano, Obama's homeland security minister, defended the decision.

"When you look at the great public need for accountability and responsibility and transparency here, and when you look at our desire to close the book on this regrettable chapter and move the country forward, it was imperative, really, that the reports be released," she said on CNN CNN
 or Cable News Network

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Date:Apr 18, 2009
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