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National Defense

by Frank Newport

The American public would benefit from more discussion and explanation of four of the major themes in President Trump's recent State of the Union address.

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a consequential report Tuesday detailing the brutal nature of CIA anti-terrorism programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 6,000-page report, authored by the outgoing Democratic majority on the committee, may be the most significant congressional investigation in the modern political era; its conclusions -- that U.S. agents committed acts of tantamount to torture on terrorism suspects -- may also shock American sensibilities.