— Domani Spero
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The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations is set to be made public Tuesday, reigniting a post-9/11 public debate over the use of torture to combat terrorism.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s much-anticipated report comes after a years-long review of CIA practices and subsequent wrangling with the spy agency and the White House over whether its contents should be made public and, if so, which parts should be redacted.
As Feinstein finalized plans to release part of the report, Secretary of State John F. Kerry phoned her Friday to warn of the potential consequences of releasing the report at this time. The State Department called for a review of security measures at overseas missions as a precaution against possible demonstrations, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that the administration has taken “prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place” at U.S. facilities around the world.
The Guardian reported yesterday that the chairman of the House intelligence committee said the release of the Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA a decade ago will cause violence and deaths abroad. The same report quoted the State Department spox:
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the State Department has “directed all of our posts overseas to review their security posture in light of … a release of this report, to ensure that our personnel, our facilities and our interests are prepared for the range of reactions that might occur.”
This has been a long delayed report, although it looks like it will finally come out tomorrow.
Back in August 2014:
U.S. heightens embassy security ahead of CIA torture report http://t.co/UGm4ZiOwFD
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) August 6, 2014
Also in August 2014:
US heightens embassy security, anticipating report on CIA interrogations – Reuters http://t.co/EzJgCxtA6U
— Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) August 13, 2014
Back in September 2014:
US weighs additional embassy security as senators near release of CIA ‘torture report’ | http://t.co/ge58z7bCGE
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) September 8, 2014
Sen/CIA rpt includes history of program & says authorized in 9/2001 via pres finding. But no criticism of Bush WH https://t.co/PnFqyphaiY
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) December 8, 2014
NPR notes that the Senate Intelligence Committee voted in April to release the 480-page executive summary of the report on the CIA’s interrogation policies during the presidency of George W. Bush. The entire report is 6,000 pages long but only the executive summary is expected to be released.
Final report on CIA’s detention and interrogation program runs more than 6,000 pages, w/ more than 35,000 footnotes. http://t.co/FhpbB0SUuh
— Anup Kaphle (@AnupKaphle) December 8, 2014
There could be violent responses in many expected and unexpected places:
U.S. preparing for possibly violent responses to CIA interrogation report http://t.co/xefPKE7CuQ
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 8, 2014
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) December 8, 2014
A look at troops who could be called upon if ugliness erupts tomorrow because of the CIA interrogation report. http://t.co/i9xCHiIT9X
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) December 8, 2014
Potentially violent reactions to the report could be directed not just on official Americans overseas but also American citizens in the wrong place at the wrong time. No security message or travel warning has been posted on travel.state.gov or via OSAC as of this writing. You all be careful out there!
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