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Former Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday said the Bush administration's "enhanced" interrogations of al Qaeda prisoners, saved "thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands" of lives.

Dismissing critics who said the policy amounted to the torture of suspected terrorists, Cheney called the techniques the Bush administration approved "legal, essential, justified, successful and the right thing to do." And he said President Obama has weakened the country's ability to combat al Qaeda and other extremists by eliminating them.

The former vice president said U.S. intelligence officers "were trying to prevent future killings" and did not commit torture. But he defended the use of "waterboarding," which the United States has prosecuted as torture in the past, as a valuable tool used on three top al Qaeda figures. Read full article »

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