Cheney: Interrogation paid off

2009-04-21 20:21

Washington - Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the US government gained valuable intelligence from its aggressive interrogations of high-value detainees after the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

The government's methods are described in documents newly released by the Obama administration and have drawn new scrutiny over what might be appropriate treatment, or what might be construed as torture.

Many of the old interrogation methods - including so-called "waterboarding" - have been banned. Waterboarding simulates drowning. Other treatments include stripping a detainee naked, depriving him of sleep, physically striking him and putting a hood over his head.

But in an interview with Fox News Channel, Cheney said on Monday that what has not been revealed publicly is what the US gained as a result of these activities.