Gina Haspel wrong choice for top Central Intelligence Agency job

Gina Haspel wrong choice for top Central Intelligence Agency job

Gina Haspel wrong choice for top Central Intelligence Agency job

Harris: It's a yes or no answer.

Haspel did address her potential place in history during her opening remarks.

"May I remind you my husband has a family, 7 children and 5 grandchildren", Cindy McCain wrote. "I would not allow the Central Intelligence Agency to undertake activity that is immoral, even if it is technically legal". "Please answer yes or no".

Former Vice President Dick Cheney made no apologies for enhanced interrogation techniques and believes the USA should "not discontinue" them.

"Senator, what I believe sitting here today is that I support the higher moral standard we have made a decision to hold ourselves to", Haspel replied. She said she had a "great reputation" with the president and his inner circle, adding that "the president does turn to me for my view on certain countries and certain experiences". Her colleagues sing her praises and even her foes acknowledge her abilities.

Evasion has Haspel the answer to the question of its relation to torture and does deserves a separate story.

"No, you've not", Harris said, and asked it again. "Do you believe these techniques were immoral?"

Calling Haspel's nomination a disgrace in an interview with El Periodico newspaper, al-Qaysi said President Donald Trump's choice of Haspel showed the us leader is willing to support torture and humiliation. John McCain, of course, isn't here, but he announced his opposition.

But Haspel resisted senators' efforts to make her say whether she believed it had been morally wrong at the time for the agency to use "enhanced" interrogation techniques on terrorist suspects, including waterboarding, which many have said is a form of torture. Her lawyerly statements about torture and her role in destroying tapes of black-site interrogators using it did not inspire confidence that she would stand up to Trump if he pressed her to, say, poison Angela Merkel's Pilsener.

The exact contours of that oversight are not clear.


Feinstein is one of several Democratic senators who also called on Haspel to declassify documents related to her mysterious career, so that they can be shared with the public.

"She has risen through the ranks of the organization receiving high marks from all who have interacted with her". There's no indication she was involved in doing anything that was illegal at the time of 9/11.

The classification-induced confusion obscures accountability at a moment when it is critical. "Gina Haspel is a torturer!" "We were all committed".

During his presidential election campaign in 2016, Trump said "torture works" and said he believed the US should "go much stronger than waterboarding".

Wednesday morning, lawmakers asked Haspel if she would allow the agency to waterboard suspects again if the president ordered it.

"If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs", he told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo on Thursday. It improves her chances of leading the USA intelligence agency.

Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich asked her, 'Doesn't that feel like a cover-up?'

The West Virginia Democrat, who faces a tough re-election this year in a state Trump won by about 40 percentage points, became the first member of his party to commit to supporting Haspel.

The White House did not deny Sadler's comments, but instead issued a statement to The Hill: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

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