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May 29th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Bush: 'The information we got saved lives'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/29/george.bush.speech/art.george.bush.gi.jpg caption="In a Michigan speech, Bush spoke out about his administration's efforts to combat terrorism."]

Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday repeated Dick Cheney's assertion that their enhanced interrogation program was legal and garnered valuable information that prevented future terrorist attacks.

In his largest domestic speech since leaving the White House in January, Bush told an audience in southwestern Michigan that after the September 11 attacks, "I vowed to take whatever steps that were necessary to protect you."

Although he did not specifically allude to the high-profile debate over President Obama's decision to halt the use harsh interrogation techniques, and without referencing Cheney by name, Bush spoke in broad strokes about how he proceeded after the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in March 2003.

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  1. Lisa in CA

    So how is that hunt for OBl going? As I recall, there was also a promise to find him and bring him back Dead or Alive. Oh yeah, we opted to pre-emptively strike a sovereign nation and divert resources instead. That has protected us how?

    May 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm |