White House and G.O.P Clash over Torture Report Release

Monday, December 8, 2014, Obama and his fellow republicans clashed over whether releasing the Senate report on the US government’s use of torture would set off backlashes overseas and in home soil. As of right now diplomatic facilities and military bases have heightened security on the eve of a declassified summary release on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Republican lawmakers advice and warn that the release of such reports of harsh interrogations during the G. W. Bush administration will evoke unrest and violence. Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s states that all the methods of interrogation were justified and therefore there should be no backlash of violence of any type.

The White House acknowledged the report could put Americans in Middle Easter countries in danger. It also acknowledged that the government has been preparing for years for the possible repercussions on this release so now is as good a time as ever. “When would be a good time to release this report?” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, asked. “It’s difficult to imagine one, particularly given the painful details that will be included.”

Earnest also stated that president Obama wishes to be transparent with the public so a release of such document can serve to declare that nothing like that will ever happen again.

Secretary of State John Kerry and the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, both warned of unrest that might be caused by the report but Mr. Clapper stated he favored the release of the report. Among the administration’s concerns there is that terrorist groups will exploit the report for propaganda value. They don’t want the Islamic State going any farther.


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