It’s a relief to find that, thanks to DiFi, John Brennan will not promote someone who destroyed the tapes of the CIA’s torture sessions of waterboarding. But it’s not a surprise that this old CIA hand is “defiant” when it comes to allowing the American people to read the full report on the war crimes in the previous administration. But the power to release the report resides with the president.

If Obama refuses to release it, he will be breaking core election pledges on transparency and torture. This is a bipartisan Senate report on a profound issue of American values and the rule of law. There is no reason on earth why the people of this country should not read and weigh its findings.