Former US President George W. Bush has used his memoirs ‘Decision Points’, which were published on Tuesday, to defend his tough stance on terrorism.
Bush says his approach helped prevent another 9/11. In the book, he justifies the use of waterboarding to interrogate terror suspects.
“No doubt the procedure was tough, but medical experts assured the CIA that it did no lasting harm,” Bush writes.
Bush claims the technique, which simulates drowning, garnered information that saved lives.
He also admits to personally authorising the waterboarding of the alleged September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Barack Obama’s predecessor offers a robust defence of the Iraq war but speaks of a “sickening feeling” when no weapons of mass destruction were found.
However, Bush strongly condemns the mistreatment of prisoners at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison by US troops. He writes that those involved had “stained the good name of the United States.”