Reading the "letters" sections in the newspapers, you will discover that many people believe that revealing CIA torture of prisoners will lead to "retribution" against Americans. Their thinking, to me, at least, is pretty strange.
Back in 1969 and 1970, the USofA authorized the "secret bombing" of Cambodia. Does anybody actually think the Cambodians didn't notice? Only Americans and our allies were kept in the dark.
Early in 2011, hundreds of Taliban prisoners escaped from a prison in Kandahar Province. Then, in 2013, Al Qaeda freed hundreds more from Abu Ghrab, in Iraq. Does anybody think none of those prisoners were tortured? In Afghanistan and Iraq, torture is no big news.
The people who had to be slapped in the face with the news — not just waterboarding, but torture by goddamned enema, don't live in the Middle East, they live here, in the USofA.
And a bunch of them have been elected to Congress.