President Bush told ABC News he approved specific techniques to be used by CIA interrogators against high value al Qaeda targets. Bush was responding to reports that senior administration officials met, discussed and approved of "enhanced interrogation techniques."

Bush told ABC Friday:
"Well we started to connect the dots in order to protect the American people."

"And yes, I'm aware our national security team met on the issue. And I approved."

Bush called the initial report this week that top administration officials had signed off on the "enhanced interrogation" not so "startling."