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Hollywood and the American public alike are in uproar over the recent cancellation of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un. US officials have confirmed that North Korean hackers are behind the attack that leaked sensitive and embarrassing Sony correspondence.

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The Senate CIA report was a one-sided account intended to sway public opinion. Despite Senator Feinstein’s efforts most Americans remain supportive of the interrogation tactics and think that Feinstein’s report should not have been released.

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U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arrive for a procedural vote on defense spending authorization legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 11, 2014

Rolling Stone magazine has been criticized for publishing serious accusations without bothering to interview those it accused to check the facts and get their side of the story. So why is it wrong for Rolling Stone to do this, but okay for Sen. Dianne Feinstein?

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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The conclusion that we need to harden the grid immediately is about as clear as anything can be, as a matter of elementary risk analysis. Yet our decision processes have become so sclerotic that we are unable to deal with this very clear mortal threat, and now we have put ourselves in a terrible strategic posture.

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) (from L), Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arrive for a procedural vote on defense spending authorization legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 11, 2014. Reuters

The Feinstein report has one positive virtue: It has moved the debate beyond legality to effectiveness.

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Following the release of the CIA report, the Senate Intelligence Committee has come under much scrutiny for lack of Republican involvement in the investigation and failure to interview those involved in enhanced interrogation.

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This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the much anticipated and highly controversial report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from prisoners. AEI scholars are weighing in on multiple facets of the debate, from American public opinion, to the validity of the report’s findings, to the potential national security risks related to the report’s release.

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When thinking about torture, American public opinion appears to be a combination of idealism and realism. While Americans find the practices abhorrent and barbaric, most are unwilling to rule them out completely.

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