WASHINGTON (AP) - Some critics say President Barack Obama's
release of CIA memos on rough interrogation methods may make the
United States less safe.
Michael Hayden, who led the CIA under President George W. Bush,
says CIA officers now will be more timid and allies will be more
reluctant to share sensitive intelligence. He says foreign partners
will be less likely to cooperate with the CIA because the release
shows they "can't keep anything secret."
On the other side, human rights advocates argue that Obama
should not have assured CIA operatives they won't be prosecuted for
using interrogation methods authorized by Bush lawyers in the
Obama says operatives were following the legal advice at the
time. He says he wants to move beyond "a dark and painful chapter
in our history."