CIA chief says interrogation methods legal

Nov. 21, 2005 at 9:14 AM
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LANGLEY, Va., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- CIA Director Porter Goss says interrogation techniques used on terror suspects are legal and do not include torture, because it isn't effective.

In an interview with USA Today, Goss was emphatic in denying recent allegations detainees were tortured by agents or others under their supervision.

"This agency does not do torture. Torture does not work," Goss said. "We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information, and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none of which are torture."

Goss said the unconventional methods used in modern terror networks also posed new challenges for intelligence-gathering.

"An enemy that's working in an amorphous network that doesn't have to worry about a bunch of regulations, chain of command, rule of law or anything else has got a huge advantage over a stultified, slow-moving, bureaucratic, by-the-book" organization, Goss said.

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