Saturday, December 06, 2014

All about the timing

I know he claims he is just trying to delay the release of the CIA's report of the American or American-sponsored torture during the Bush administration, and not block the report from ever going public.  But why would releasing the report now potentially pose a threat to "U.S. personnel and facilities abroad" as opposed to any other time? It is already at least six years after the incidents in the report took place, why would further delay change anything?

I just can't help but wonder if the Administration thinks that the next chair of the Senate Intelligence committee would be more inclined to keep the report out of the public eye than the current chair, Dianne Feinstein, is. After all, Diane will lose that chair when the Republicans take control of the Senate last month and some Republican Senator (probably Saxby Chambliss, the highest ranking minority member) becomes the new chair. Because Feinstein is on her way out, any delay could very well mean that the report is blocked from going public at all--at least for the remainder of Obama's term.