Will violence follow ‘torture’ report’s release?

Intelligence officials are warning that the release of a report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency could put U.S. personnel overseas in danger.

{mosads}Intelligence officials told the White House and Congress that the release of the so-called “torture report” will trigger a “heightened potential” for violence abroad, NBC News reported.

That assessment has triggered greater security measures at certain U.S. facilities, including the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Military facilities are also increasing security.

On Sunday, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said that extremists might use the report to incite violence.

The report is the result of an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into the detention and interrogation practices of the CIA. It’s expected to paint a detailed picture of how the CIA used torture techniques on prisoners at so-called black sites, or covert detention facilities, abroad. It is also expected to report that the CIA misled officials about the techniques’ effectiveness in order to continue the program.

The intelligence community — which may take a hit to its reputation because of the findings — has remained opposed to its release.

The report has been in the works for years. A 480-page summary of the 6,000-plus-page document is expected to be released this week. Information will be redacted.

Though President Obama has pledged to release the report, the White House has been particularly active in preparing the report for release.

The Huffington Post reported earlier this year that chief of staff Denis McDonough was personally negotiating the redactions from the report. The White House has been involved in talks over the release since April, according to reports.

Senate Democrats have grown frustrated with the White House officials, whom they believe are trying to stall the release of the report. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) intends to release the summary before Democrats lose the Senate majority in January.

Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly called Feinstein to encourage her to delay the release of the report. The State Department denied that Kerry had asked for a delay during the call. 

Tags CIA report Denis McDonough Dianne Feinstein John Kerry

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