Even though Attorney General Eric Holder is giving the first definitive assurance that CIA officials are in the clear as long as their actions were in line with the legal advice at the time, releasing memos long held secret by the Bush administration is not ‘the right thing to do’.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
WASHINGTON — Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says the Obama administration is endangering the country by releasing Justice Department memos that detail the CIA’s interrogation techniques authorized by the Bush administration.
Hayden tells The Associated Press the release will give terrorists a precise guide for what to expect in a CIA interrogation if those methods are ever approved for use again.
The Obama administration outlawed the techniques but has a task force reviewing the military’s interrogation methods to determine if they are sufficient for CIA use.
Hayden says he worries the revelations will also deter other governments from cooperating with the United States because it shows the U.S. “can’t keep anything secret.”