Now that the memos showing the rulings of interrogation techniques have been released, the Obama administration should release additional documents that show what the interrogations yielded, former Vice President Dick Cheney told FOX News on Monday.
In an interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity to be aired on "Hannity" Monday night, Cheney questioned the point of releasing the legal decisions behind the interrogations but not the outcome of them.
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"One of the things that I find a little bit disturbing about this recent disclosure is they put out the legal memos, the memos that the CIA got from the Office of Legal Counsel, but they didn't put out the memos that showed the success of the effort," Cheney said.
Cheney said he's asked that the documents be declassified because he has remained silent on the confidential information, but he knows how successful the interrogation process was and wants the rest of the country to understand.
"I haven't talked about it, but I know specifically of reports that I read, that I saw, that lay out what we learned through the interrogation process and what the consequences were for the country," Cheney said. "I've now formally asked the CIA to take steps to declassify those memos so we can lay them out there and the American people have a chance to see what we obtained and what we learned and how good the intelligence was."
Cheney's interview at his home in McLean, Va., came just hours before President Obama traveled to nearby Langley, Va., to offer CIA employees his "full support" in their mission.
At the same time, the president defended his administration's decision to release documents that showed how the Department of Justice came to conclude certain methods of interrogation like waterboarding were harsh but legal.
"I acted primarily because of the exceptional circumstances that surrounded these memos," Obama said, adding that he has "fought to protect the integrity of classified information in the past and I will do so in the future."
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a former prisoner of war in Vietnam and Obama's foe in the 2008 election, has repeatedly criticized the use of certain techniques that have been described by critics as torture. But McCain told FOX News earlier in the day that the decision to release the Justice Department memos "helps no one."
"(The release) doesn't help America's image, does not help us address the issue and I think it was a serious mistake," McCain said.
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