Intelligence officials past and present are criticizing the impending release of a CIA report on the agency’s interrogation policies after the attacks of September 11, 2001, which could lead to “violence and deaths.”
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times published Sunday, outgoing Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said, “We have to get this report out,” calling for a way to address some of the problems with certain techniques used by the CIA. “We will find another way to make known some of the problems.”
“Anybody who reads this is going to never let this happen again.”
Feinstein and the White House have worked on having the reports declassified since April.
But House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, who is leaving the House at the end of this session for a talk radio career, said on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday that releasing the report would be “a terrible idea.”
“Our foreign partners are telling us this will cause violence and deaths. Foreign leaders have approached the government and said, ‘you do this, this will cause violence and deaths.’ Our own intelligence community has assessed that this will cause violence and deaths.”
“We have seen what happens when other incidents are used in the propaganda terrorist machine to incite violence,” Rogers added. “Think of the cartoons in Denmark, and how many people died as a result. Think of the burning of the Qur’ans, how many people died as a result. They will use this [report] to incite violence.”
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden joined Rogers in condemning the potential release of a report. “The CIA workforce will feel as if it has been tried and convicted in absentia since the Senate Democrats and their staff didn’t talk to anyone actively involved in the program,” he said on CBS’s Face The Nation Sunday.
“Second, this will be used by our enemies to motivate people to attack Americans and American facilities overseas, and I am genuinely concerned by that, as was the secretary of state and the director of national intelligence.
“There are countries out there who have cooperated with us on the war on terror at some political risk that are relying on American discretion. I can’t imagine anyone out there going forward in the future who would be willing to do anything that even smacks of political danger.”
On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry asked Feinstein to reconsider the timing of the release, though the Obama administration supports its release, The Associated Press reported.
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