Obama Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said that the Bush-Cheney interrogation methods were effective.
From ABC News’ Jake Tapper
But, as first reported by the New York Times’ Peter Baker Tuesday night, President Obama’s own Director of National Intelligence, former Admiral Dennis Blair, wrote a memo to his staff last week in which he said the methods, some of which are said to be torture by legal and human rights groups, were effective.
“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,” Blair wrote.
Added Blair: “I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.”
In a statement put out by Blair’s office last night, Blair said that: “I recommended to the president that the administration release these memos” — written by the Bush administration providing legal justification for harsh interrogation methods — “and I made clear that the CIA should not be punished for carrying out legal orders.”
The above is an excerpt from Tapper’s blog and seems like more backtracking from the Obama administration.