6,861. 10/4/2006

At a Colorado republican party reception on October 4, 2006, President George W. Bush said, regarding the use of torture against terrorists: “I’m going to tell you point-blank, this program worked. …As a result of the information from the interrogations, the CIA helped break up–we helped break up a cell of Southeast Asian terrorist operatives that had been groomed for attacks inside the United States. Information gained meant we were able to act to protect you. The program helped stop an al Qaeda cell from developing anthrax for attacks against the United States. The program helped stop a planned strike on a U.S. Marine camp in Djibouti. It helped prevent a planned attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi [Pakistan]. It helped foil a plot to hijack passenger planes and fly them into Heathrow and London’s Canary Wharf. In other words, we gained information that enabled us to do the job you expect us to do.”

 – Transcript, “Remarks by the President at Bob Beauprez for Governor and Colorado Republican Party Reception,” George W. Bush – White House Archives online, Oct. 4, 2006

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