Politicians, the CIA, the White House and armed forces are all preparing for the impending release of the controversial Senate report that details CIA interrogation methods used in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The 6,000-page report, which according to CNN will be initially released in a “480-page executive summary,” reveals that the CIA used torture methods such as waterboarding to acquire information from terror suspects after 9/11, and goes into great detail about the specifics of some of the methods used. The report also claims that the CIA intentionally misled Congress, then-President George W. Bush and his administration about what exactly they were doing.
Democratic Sen. Angus King told CNN that the investigation preceding the report found the torture methods to be essentially ineffective, saying that they did not lead to “actionable intelligence.”
“Did we torture people? Yes. Did it work? No,” King said.
President Bush addressed the report in a recent interview with Candy Crowley, saying that he had yet to read it while maintaining his support for the CIA. “I'll tell you this: We're fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the CIA serving on our behalf," he said. "These are patriots. And whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base."
With the report about to be made public, government officials are expecting and preparing for backlash throughout the Middle East in response to what the report brings to light. The Marines are reportedly positioning forces in certain areas in anticipation of an attack of some nature.
“I've directed all of our combatant commanders to have all their commands on alert because we want to be prepared, just in case,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. “We've not detected anything specific anywhere, but we want to be prepared, and we are."
The decision to release the Senate committee findings is one backed largely by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but not all Democrats agree that she should be releasing such potentially damaging information. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly called Feinstein to convince her to delay the release and consider the consequences that could come if such a report is made public, but Feinstein held firm on her decision.
State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Kerry “wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing,” but also acknowledged that Feinstein was the one who ultimately controlled the release, saying that “the timing is, of course, her choice.”