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Former C.I.A. chief criticizes Obama

Former C.I.A. Chief Gen. Michael V. Hayden, director during the last two years of the recent Bush Administration, heavily criticized President Barack Obama on Sunday for his release of four Bush-era memos, reported the New York Times.

Hayden said the release of the memos, which detailed intense interrogation practices, would hinder the C.I.A.'s ability to pursue terrorists in the future.

"What we have described for our enemies in the midst 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," Hayden said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday, reported CNN.

The memos discussed harsh techniques such as waterboarding from 2002 to 2005. In 2008, Hayden told a congressional committee that the practice had been dropped in 2006 and was likely done illegally when it had been, according the New York Times.

The Obama administration outlawed harsh interrogations early in their administration and ordered the C.I.A.’s secret prisons closed on his second day in office. President Barack Obama had said that the practice of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” amounted to a dark chapter in American history, reported the New York Times.

"By taking [certain] techniques off the table, we have made it more difficult -- in a whole host of circumstances I can imagine -- for CIA officers to defend the nation," Hayden said.

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/us/politics/20CIA.html?ref=us
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/19/cia.torture.chief/index.html