Powell backs Obama on National security: 'We are not less safe'
Speaking to 'Face the Nation' , on Sunday, Colin Powell insisted that all claims made by Cheney and others regarding the US being "less safe" under President Obama are not credible and and should be discounted.
Going further, Powell challenged former Vice President Dick Cheney's other statements, such as doing away with EIT (extreme interrogation techniques) as in waterboarding puts the US in a vulnerable position.
He also asserted that the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) which was put in place under W Bush, is still operational at airports and depots.
"The point is made, 'We don't waterboard anymore or use extreme interrogation techniques.' Most of those extreme interrogation techniques and waterboarding were done away with in the Bush administration," Powell said. "They've been made officially done away with in this current administration."
"The Transportation Security Administration created by George Bush is still in action working in our airports; they take care of me every day that I go to an airport," Powell told moderator Bob Schieffer.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence was also created under President Bush, "and it is still under President Obama working hard," he said. "Our counterterrorism authorities and forces are hard at work. Our law enforcement officials are hard at work. We have gone after the enemy in Afghanistan with 50,000 more troops, more predators are striking al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan. We have continued the policies that President Bush put in place with respect to Iraq.
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