Kerry: Release Of CIA Torture Report Could Spark Violence, Backlash

| by Edward Arnold

The release of a report on the CIA by the Senate Intelligence Committee could result in international backlash and possibly violence against U.S. embassies worldwide, Secretary of State John Kerry claims. The report examines the CIA and its methods, including torture, during the Bush Administration.

The woman fighting for the release of the report since April is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and wrote the 480-page executive summary of the 6,000-page report.

Kerry called Feinstein last Friday, warning the chairwomen of potential unrest in the Middle East if the report is release to the public. However, Feinstein remains undettered, as reports indicate it could be released as early as tomorrow, according to NBC News.

Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, said Kerry “called his former colleague to discuss the broafer implications of the timing of the report's release because a lot is going on in the world, and he wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing.”

However, some Democratic senators are not surprised by Kerry's call.

“It is hardly surprising there is an 11th hour objection to releasing this vital report because there have been objections at every hour for quite some time,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

The republicans who want the report to remain classified can continue to delay the release of the report until they take over the Intelligence Committee in January. Feinstein and other democrats know they will just bury the report, giving new urgency to make the report public now.  

Source: NPR, New York Times / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons