Hayden blasts Obama over memo release

April 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has compromised the nation's security by releasing four terror memos from the Bush administration, a former CIA chief said Sunday.

In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," former CIA Director Michael Hayden said Obama should have never released details of the Bush-era interrogation methods memos.

"What we have described for our enemies in the midst of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an al-Qaida terrorist. That's very valuable information," Hayden said.

He said by taking some interrogation methods off the table, Obama has made it "more difficult" for the CIA to help protect the nation.

"You're going to have this agency on the front line of defending you in this current war playing back from the line," Hayden said.

Also appearing on the program were Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who both said they believe some interrogation techniques should have never been allowed.

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