When the executive summary of a 6,700-page US Senate Intelligence report on CIA interrogation techniques was released last year, many in the US and around the world expressed outrage.

The 500-page summary highlighted how CIA interrogation practices under the George W Bush administration were "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others". As federal judges decide whether to declassify the full report, did the CIA break the law in terms of torture?

In this week's Headliner, Mehdi Hasan speaks to General Michael Hayden, former CIA director and author of Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. Hayden discusses the CIA's use of "aggressive" interrogation methods and defends the US drone programme.

Watch more from Mehdi Hasan's interview with Michael Hayden in which they discuss Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programme.

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Source: Al Jazeera