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07/09/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CIA Vet: Next President May Have To Scrap Agency

Over the last several months, there has been a gradual, but unrelenting, outing of the highest level U.S. government involvement in the sordid business of torture. CIA Director Michael V. Hayden admitted, in his February testimony before Congress, that the Central Intelligence Agency used a technique known as waterboarding on three high-profile Al Qaeda detainees. He also said the CIA had not used the technique in five years -- though the administration seems to be asserting that the agency can use it, when necessary.

President George W. Bush told ABC News in April, "I'm aware our national-security team met on this issue. And I approved." The president was referring to reports that the National Security Council's "principals committee" -- the vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the head of the NSC and the CIA director -- discussed and approved the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking with Google employees in Mountain View, Calif., in May, said, "after Sept. 11, whatever was legal in the face of not just the attacks of Sept. 11, but the anthrax attacks that happened, we were in an environment in which saving America from the next attack was paramount." She added, "there has been a long evolution in American policy about detainees and about interrogations...we now have in place a law that was not there in 2002 and 2003."

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