U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives.
The report, due to be released Tuesday by the Senate, is described as shocking in its very graphic descriptions of secret interrogations, including some details that have never been heard before.
All U.S. facilities around the world are being urged to review security and brace for the reaction, with concern particularly high in areas where there are hot spots, in the Middle East and North Africa.
The CIA and the Bush administration have already faced heavy criticism for post 9/11 interrogation techniques at so-called “black sites” across the world.
The use of waterboarding stopped many years ago, but, according to those who have seen this report, ugly new details about those procedures will be revealed, where prisoners were sexually demeaned, and CIA interrogators were urged to continue, even after concluding that no more information could be gleaned.
The Muslim world has erupted many times before when the U.S. and the West have been accused of religious and cultural slights. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that if this report is released, groups like ISIS will take full advantage.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said in an interview that the report would provide ISIS and other terror organizations a public relations bonanza.
“They don’t have to be accurate or right. They just have to believe it’s true and they will take advantage of that,” Rogers said. “We know that ISIL propaganda operations will this is the motherload for them.”
Rogers said that there is credible warning that release of the report will endanger Americans around the world.
“You have foreign leaders saying this report in its current form will incite violence,” he said. “You have liaison partners in the intelligence community saying this will incite violence. This will in fact incite violence and it’s likely to cost someone their life.”
He said he thinks the release of the report should at least be delayed.
“I am hoping that there is a change of heart between now and Tuesday to at least suspend the report,” he said.
Obama administration officials have said they favor making the report public, but on Friday Secretary of State John Kerry asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to consider the timing of the release.