The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency says CIA interrogators do not torture prisoners to get information.

CIA Director Porter Goss says in an interview with the USA Today newspaper published Monday that torture does not work. But Mr. Goss says interrogators use a variety of what he calls "unique and innovative" ways to collect information. He declined to describe interrogation methods.

Republican Senator John McCain is pushing a proposal that bars the use of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees by military or CIA interrogators. President Bush has threatened to veto any defense spending bill that includes the proposal.

Mr. Goss says the CIA takes a neutral position on Senator McCain's proposal, adding that some techniques restricted by the measure have yielded valuable intelligence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.