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U.S. Military Readies for CIA Interrogation Report Release

The Washington Post reports that “the U.S. military has put thousands of troops on alert ahead of the expected release Tuesday of a Senate report detailing the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 detention and interrogation program, defense officials said.”  

“U.S. officials fear disclosures about harsh interrogation techniques used at the CIA’s now-shuttered secret prisons could spark a violent backlash in Africa, the Middle East or in countries where anti-American sentiments often run strong, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Army Gens. Lloyd Austin and David Rodriguez, the commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command, respectively, have ordered troops be placed on a higher alert status after the Pentagon called for combatant commanders across the world to review security plans they had in place, a defense official said. The news was reported Monday by CNN.”  

“The troops on heightened states of alert are mostly Marines, a Pentagon official told Checkpoint. The units involved include a crisis-response unit that has Marines in Sigonella, Italy, and Morón, Spain, a second crisis-response unit with troops in Kuwait and Iraq, and 50-man teams of fleet anti-terrorism security team (FAST) Marines that are typically called upon to reinforce U.S. embassies.”

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