Ex-CIA Head: Interrogations Yielded 'Home Depot-Like' Storage of Al Qaeda Intel
Programming Note: Hear Dick Cheney's response to the controversial Senate report on CIA interrogations, tonight at 6p ET in a "Special Report" exclusive.
Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden pushed back against the idea that the CIA did "too much" in order to protect Americans from terror attacks after 9/11.
Tuesday's controversial report from the Senate Intelligence Committee essentially calls Hayden a liar, disputing his claim that enhanced interrogation methods produced useful intelligence that stopped terror plots.
The report by the Democrat-led panel concluded that the CIA tortured terror suspects and never obtained intelligence on an imminent threat to the country.
Hayden led the CIA under President Bush from 2006 to 2009 after serving as director of national intelligence and NSA director.
On "America's Newsroom" this morning, Hayden maintained that thousands of American lives were saved because of the interrogations.
Hayden said there's a lot of inaccuracies in the report, but the biggest one is the claim that no valuable information was obtained.
"Fundamentally, these interrogations of all the detainees gave us kind of a Home Depot-like storage of information on al Qaeda on which we relied, well, we're still relying on it today," said Hayden, adding that "no one involved with the program can even imagine how they got to that conclusion."
Hayden said there was "rich dialogue" among the CIA and the White House about the interrogation methods, pointing out that some members of Congress were briefed as well.
He said the committee had access to 6 million CIA documents, but was not allowed access to White House documents.
"President Obama's administration denied them access to White House documents on this. I would suspect there's an awful lot of information about what the White House knew and when they knew it in this cache of documents that the administration would not let them see," said Hayden.
Watch the full interview above and hear former VP Cheney's reaction, tonight at 6p ET on "Special Report."