US steps up security measures ahead of CIA torture report release

Deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest

The US has increased security measures at its embassies, military units and other interests around the world ahead of the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s use of torture, the White House said.

“There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to US facilities and individuals all around the world,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

“The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at US facilities around the globe,” he added.

Earnest also said that the Obama administration supports the declassification of the report that reveals the torture techniques the CIA used on suspected al-Qaeda militants.

He noted that President Barack Obama believes the tactics were “unwarranted,” and that they have not made the US “safer.”

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren also said the disclosure of the report would trigger “unrest.”

Warren said that the Defense Department has requested that combatant commands take protective measures.

The Pentagon has also put on alert American troops across the world particularly in the Middle East as anti-US sentiment runs high there.

Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, warned on Sunday that the release of the report will spark violence and cost lives abroad.

The report includes disturbing details about CIA torture techniques, such as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding.

The torture report is scheduled to be made public on Tuesday.