McCain discusses CIA tapes on Saturday.
NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN)
At his last stop of a six day New Hampshire tour, Sen. John McCain criticized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for destroying interrogation videos of two Al Qaeda operatives and said the decision would further "erode" American's trust and confidence in Washington.
Calling the two operatives, "bad, bad people," the Arizona senator said the CIA's decision was against the recommendations from members of Congress and confirmed to enemies "that we engaged in interrogation techniques which are illegal."
"I welcome this inquiry and the CIA will cooperate fully," CIA Director Mike Hayden said in a statement. "I welcome it as an opportunity to address questions that have arisen over the destruction back in 2005 of videotapes."
According to reports by the New York Times, Hayden explained to employees that the tapes were destroyed to protect the identity of the interrogators.
McCain, a former prisoner of war, has vehemently opposed torture as a means of interrogation and intelligence gathering. He vowed that as President, he would "never torture another person in the custody of the United States."
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla