The White House confirms that the much buzzed about Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture report” will be released tomorrow, and that the Obama administration is preparing for violence around the world in response.
Spokesman Josh Earnest explained that although it was “difficult to imagine a good time” for the release of the report, getting the information out was something that Obama supported.
“The president felt it was important for us, for the American people, to have a clear, unvarnished look, at least a clear a look as possible, into this program about what actually transpired,” he stated.
Earnest added that the Obama administration had been “preparing for months” for any backlash from extremists against U.S. facilities around the world.
When asked about reports that Secretary of State John Kerry requested Sen. Dianne Feinstein to postpone the release of the report, Earnest refused to discuss any additional details. “I will allow Secretary Kerry to explain why he made the phone call,” Earnest replied.
He also dismissed critics in the C.I.A. who criticized the decision to release report.
“There are people with a variety of opinions on this,” he said. “With all due respect to those, I think the views of the Commander in Chief are the ones that are the most important.”