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CIA’s top spy: Intelligence hasn’t ’suffered at all’ from waterboarding ban

President Obama's ban on waterboarding hasn't hampered US intelligence efforts "at all," one of the CIA's top officials said to an audience of students last week.

During a question-and-answer session, Sulick was asked if the Obama administration’s ban on waterboarding had repercussions for the war against terror.

"I don’t think we’ve suffered at all from an intelligence standpoint," Sulick said in a March 25 lecture at Fordham University, his alma mater. "But I don’t want to talk about [it from] a legal, moral or ethical standpoint."

Obama drew immediate criticism after taking office for ending Bush-era interrogation tactics that include waterboarding, an act considered torture by the international community.

Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, said it was difficult for US agencies dealing with terrorism to balance security with civil rights.