Bush’s Story: CIA and DOJ said Interrogation “Techniques” were “Necessary” and “Legal”

Bush Library Video: “He Asked The CIA If It Was Necessary, And He Asked The Justice Department If It Was Legal. Both Departments Answered, ‘Yes.’” From the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum:

[Stills from George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum “War On Terror” Film, video captured May 3-4, 2013]

Bush Library: Bush Asked If “Techniques” Used By CIA During Rendition Were Necessary And Legal; Helped Gain “Vital Intelligence” From Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In a video shown at the Bush W. Presidential Library and Museum, President Bush says, “In additional to the terrorists held at Guantanamo, a small number of suspected terrorist leaders and operatives captured during the war have been held and questioned outside the United States in a separate program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA program helped us gain vital intelligence from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al Shibh, two of the men believed to have helped plan and facilitate the 9/11 attacks.” The video then cuts to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who says, “The president asked two very important questions in the decision to use these techniques. He asked the CIA if it was necessary, and he asked the Justice Department if it was legal. Both departments answered, ‘Yes.’” [George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, video taken on May 3-4, 2013]