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December 8th, 2014
06:20 PM ET

Marines, embassies prepare for backlash from torture report publication

(CNN) – American officials are bracing for violence overseas, fearing worldwide reaction to a new report due out Tuesday on the Central Intelligence Agency's history of torture after the 9/11 attacks.

U.S. embassies and consulates have increased their security presence and 2,200 Marines have been placed on high alert, ready to respond to any crisis.

The concern stems from prior incidents that inflamed tensions in the Muslim world. There was outrage in 2004 over horrifying images from inside Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison showing American servicemen torturing inmates. Four years ago, Florida pastor Terry Jones, set off a firestorm of controversy across the Muslim world when he threatened to publicly burn copies of the Quran. And in 2012 protesters took to the streets in more than a dozen Arab countries including Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, angered by the release of the film "The Innocence of Muslims" mocking the Prophet Mohammed.

Reports surfaced last week that Secretary of State John Kerry asked Sen. Diane Feinstein, chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, to delay the release because it could complicate U.S. relationships with foreign countries.

But at the White House briefing Monday, spokesman Josh Earnest said the President supports the publication of the report.

"The President believes that on principle it's important to release that report so that people around the world, people here at home understand exactly what transpired," Earnest said.

In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, former president George W. Bush defended the enhanced interrogation program.

"We're fortunate enough to have men and women who work hard at the CIA serving on our behalf. These are patriots and whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contribution to our country, it is way off base," Bush said.

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