Former CIA Director Michael Hayden is the second high-profile Bush administration official to accuse President Obama of making America less secure.
Hayden, who served under Bush from 2006 to 2009, said that Obama has exposed the United States to potential terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda by releasing four memos detailing U.S. interrogation techniques.
"What we have described for our enemies in the midst of a war are the outer limits that any American would ever go to in terms of interrogating an al-Qaeda terrorist. That's very valuable information," Hayden said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. He added that by "taking [certain] techniques off the table, we have made it more difficult – in a whole host of circumstances I can imagine – for CIA officers to defend the nation."
He’s not the first former Bushite to blast Obama similarly. In recent weeks, former Vice President Dick Cheney also accused the president of making America less safe.
But two leading senators – from different political parties – disagree. Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said the Bush administration never should have allowed torture tactics in the first place, describing them as "a great recruitment tool for those who want to do harm to our country."
Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, also rebutted the notion that releasing the memos had undermined U.S. security. "One of the reasons the president was willing to let this information out was that already the information was out," he said on ABC's This Week. "Go get the New York Review of Books. It's there.