Veteran CIA official Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr., who led all U.S. counterterrorism operations after 9/11, tells Newsmax that under President Obama the agency has been forced to give up interrogation “capabilities” that it may need to protect American lives.

He also warns that al-Qaida still poses a “continuous threat” of a terrorist strike, and says the leaking of details regarding the new underwear bomber is “very damaging to national security.”

Rodriguez is the former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, and oversaw the Counterterrorism Center, which collected vital intelligence from captured terrorists following the September 11, 2001 attacks. His new book is “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.”