Republicans issued a dire warning in advance of the release of a report on enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho issued a statement on Monday lashing out at the release ordered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., calling it partisan and not “serious or constructive,” according to Fox News.
“We are concerned that this release could endanger the lives of Americans overseas, jeopardize U.S. relations with foreign partners, potentially incite violence, create political problems for our allies, and be used as a recruitment tool for our enemies. Simply put, this release is reckless and irresponsible,” the statement read.
Notwithstanding the concern for safety, the Obama administration is backing the release, which is expected today.
The administration “strongly supports the release of this declassified summary of the report,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.
“The release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world,” Earnest said Monday. “So, the administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at U.S. facilities around the globe.”
The report contains information on alleged torture conducted by the CIA on suspected Al Qaeda members. Techniques that many believe led to the killing or capture of top Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama Bin Laden.
Feinstein defended her decision to release the report on Sunday in a Los Angeles Times report.
“We have to get this report out,” she said adding that the techniques undermined “societal and constitutional values that we are very proud of. Anybody who reads this is going to never let this happen again.”
Republicans disagree and remain deeply concerned about the safety of Americans in light of this report.
“I think this is a terrible idea,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“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.
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