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Cheney: Release more torture memos

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Cheney: Release more torture memos
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn are escorted from the U.S. Capitol by Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill after after the swearing in of President Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in Washington on January 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/Tannen Maury/Pool) | License Photo

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney Monday said the White House should release papers showing "the success" of harsh methods of questioning terror suspects.

The Obama administration last week released Justice Department memos prepared during the administration of former President George W. Bush that provided legal justification for interrogation methods including waterboarding and slamming subjects' heads against the wall. President Barack Obama said the United States will not use the techniques in the future and CIA officers who may have employed such methods do not face prosecution.

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Cheney told Fox News Channel he was troubled by the release of the Justice Department memos, without a corresponding release of documents he said would indicate the outcome of such interrogations.

"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.

He said there are documents describing information intelligence officers developed through interrogation.

"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."

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