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January 15, 2009 9:12 PM

Outgoing CIA director defends detainee interrogation program

Outgoing CIA Director Michael Hayden vigorously defended Thursday the agency's use of secret prisons and coercive interrogation methods on suspected al Qaida terrorists, saying they helped avert new terrorist attacks and were done "out of duty, not out of enthusiasm." Hayden gve his final interview shortly after Attorney General nominee Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee that waterboarding, an interrogation method Hayden has acknowledged was used, is torture.

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