Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

CIA Nominee Haspel Promises Not to Restart Torture Program

CIA Nominee Haspel Promises Not to Restart Torture Program

McCain said Haspel in speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to address his concerns about her role in an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration.

By all accounts, Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who rose up through the ranks during her 33 years with the agency.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked", McCain said. "I don't believe that torture works", Haspel responded, before adding that "valuable information" had been obtained from some al-Qaeda operatives who were interrogated using such methods.

"When I picked him up, he passed me the intelligence and I passed him an extra $500 for the men he led", she said.

He says the methods the USA employs to keep the nation safe must be as right and just as the values that Americans aspire to live up to and promote in the world.

Vukmir's accusations against Baldwin are made worse by the fact that, unlike other Democrats and Sen. It remains unclear whether she has sufficient support in the divided Senate for the confirmation.

But that night Senator John McCain released a statement urging his colleagues to reject her nomination, potentially giving wavering senators the cover they need to oppose her. A few years later, concerns were raised about her role in the destruction of multiple videotapes depicting torture.

Haspel's promise could put her at odds with Trump, who spoke during the campaign about toughening the United States approach to fighting extremists and vowed to authorise waterboarding and a "hell of a lot worse". But, he said, many people, including him, have questions about the message the Senate would send by confirming someone for this position who served as a supervisor in the CIA Counterterrorism Center during the time of the detention and interrogation programme. "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination", he wrote. U.S. Capitol Police quickly removed them from the hearing room where members of the Senate intelligence committee are holding a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel. If confirmed, she said she would not permit the CIA to restart the kind of harsh detention and interrogation program the spy agency ran at black sites after 9/11 and tainted American's image worldwide.

The memo, written in 2011, summarizes a disciplinary review conducted by then-CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell.

It was this line of questioning, among other things, that Haspel reportedly had in mind when she attempted to withdraw her nomination to the post of C.I.A. director, which has been steeped in controversy. Should she persist in aiding one of Trump's nominees, funds from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee would be in short supply. Noting there were few women in senior roles when she joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985, she said she's tried to do her part to change that "quietly and through hard work - to break down some of those barriers". She joined the agency in 1985 and said she quickly discovered that she had a "knack for the nuts and bolts" of the profession. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen.

Under questioning by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, acting CIA Director Gina Haspel said she would not permit the spy agency to restart the kind of harsh detention and interrogation program it ran at black sites after September 11.

Drawing on her experience as a multilingual secret agent, Haspel said her plans as CIA chief include "putting more intelligence officers in the field overseas and emphasizing "foreign language excellence".

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