Secretary Clinton testified today before Congress about President Obama's anti-terrorism strategy, saying the main goals are to prevent al-Qaida's resurgence in Afghanistan and to limit the progress of Islamic extremists in Pakistan.
The sensitive topic of the release of the torture memos came to the forefront when Republican Rep. Dana Rohrbacker asked Clinton if she agreed with Dick Cheney's request that documents ostensibly showing the efficacy of the torture programs should be declassified. Clinton ultimately replied that she believes "we ought to get to the bottom of this entire matter" and that it "is in the best interest of our country" to do so, but not before she took a shot at Cheney's credibility, saying "I don't consider him to be a particularly reliable source of information."
Cheney has been harshly criticizing the Obama administration for releasing the torture memos, insisting that the CIA's secret interrogation program yielded valuable information, proof of which he claims are in classified documents which he is urging be released.
Republicans have cited a statement by President Obama's intelligence chief Dennis Blair that the harsh interrogations did produce valuable intelligence, however Blair also stated that "there is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means" and that "the bottom line is these techniques have hurt our image around the world, the damage they have done to our interests far outweighed whatever benefit they have us and they are not essential to our national security."
Cheney's attacks on the Obama administration have not been limited to foreign policy. During the second part of his interview with conservative TV host Sean Hannity, Cheney slammed Obama's domestic policies as well.
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