Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden on Sunday said that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques is biased because Intelligence Committee chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein, intended from the outset to issue a “scathing” report. Republicans on the committee did not participate in the investigation.
“I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” Hayden said.
The Intelligence Committee voted this week to declassify the report’s executive summary, which has now been sent to President Obama for his approval.
Reports indicate the committee concluded that the CIA misled government officials about aspects of its interrogation program and gave credit to enhanced interrogation for extracting critical intelligence even though detainees surrendered the information before the techniques were used. It also concludes that enhanced interrogation methods like waterboarding did not significantly help the U.S. hunt down Osama bin Laden.
Hayden defended the CIA’s interrogation methods, pointing to Leon Panetta’s statements that enhanced interrogation played a role in bin Laden’s capture.
Panetta has said the agency “put together most of that intelligence without having to resort to that,” but admitted some was extracted using the harsh methods the report criticizes.