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UC professor on release of torture report: Hard to say if it will spur attacks

It's hard to say if the release of the report on CIA interrogations and the controversial tactics used under the Bush administration will lead to attacks on Americans, said Richard Harknett, head of UC's political science department. (FOX19 NOW) It's hard to say if the release of the report on CIA interrogations and the controversial tactics used under the Bush administration will lead to attacks on Americans, said Richard Harknett, head of UC's political science department. (FOX19 NOW)

It's hard to say if the release of the report on CIA interrogations and the controversial tactics used under the Bush administration will lead to attacks on Americans, one local expert said.

So far there's been no sign of retaliation against the U.S., but intelligence sources have said they believe that is a possibility.

CIA officials are not disputing abuses that took place, said Richard Harknett, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati, in an appearance Wednesday on FOX19 NOW Morning News.

Now, the challenge is to learn from this and move on in a positive way, he said.

"We conduct ourselves as a world power with a moral code," Harknett said. "Part of what we have to do coming through this system - whatever side of the aisle you are on - is look at this process as what America does best and actually have an open debate about where this is. It is going to continue to be debated. Hopefully it rises to a point where we do make changes substantially in the way we do interact with the rest of the world. Then there is a positive outcome in doing this analysis."

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