05/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Intelligence Chief: Banned Techniques Yielded 'High Value Information'

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's national intelligence director told colleagues in a private memo last week that the harsh interrogation techniques banned by the White House did produce significant information that helped the nation in its struggle with terrorists.

"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," Adm. Dennis C. Blair, the intelligence director, wrote in a memo to his staff last Thursday.

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