National Security Brief: GOP Senator Wants Torture Report Made Public

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Bush administration’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” should be made public. The committee is expected to approve the 6,000 page report on Thursday. “Absolutely it should be made public,” McCain told reporters on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that Bush’s torture program did not help in the killing of Osama bin Laden. “We did not get any meaningful information unclassified, we did not get any meaningful information by torturing people,” McCain said.

In other news:

  • North Korea appears to have launched a satellite into orbit on Wednesday morning prompting “the United States and its two main Asian allies, Japan and South Korea, to demand further United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.” However, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta reportedly said he’s it’s unclear whether the launch was a success.
  • President Obama said the U.S. will recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
  • The Los Angeles Times reports: The Obama administration plans on keeping 6,000 to 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, fewer than previously reported, and will confine most of them to fortified garrisons near the capital, leaving Afghan troops largely without American advisors in the field to fight a still-powerful insurgency.
  • Reuters reports: Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel’s foreign minister said.

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