Haspel says CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started

15 May, 2018, 22:27 | Author: Myra Gill
  • 'Too Tough on Terrorists.' Here's Why Trump Is Pushing Hard for the Confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director

But in saying the CIA never should have embarked on the program in the first place, she is putting distance between herself and other senior intelligence officials, many of whom acknowledge that the CIA made mistakes but defend the interrogation program as legal, presidentially authorized and a legitimate response to the immediate threat of attacks by al-Qaeda. If approved by the committee, Haspel's nomination would head to the Senate, which is expected to narrowly confirm her appointment.

Haspel's participation in the torture program has prompted Republican Sens.

She needs only 50 votes but Republicans enjoy just a slim 51-49 majority in the chamber.

Amid criticism of Gina Haspel for her role in the Central Intelligence Agency's enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, one green beret chose to argue that waterboarding wasn't actually torture.

After the hearing, McCain, who is battling brain cancer home in Arizona, called Haspel a patriot for her long service to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mark Warner said Tuesday he was supporting her nomination in what he described as a "difficult decision". The CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program is one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history and it must not be repeated.


"I have learned the hard lessons since 9-11", Haspel wrote.

Haspel's letter was requested by Sen.

He said Haspel had not been straightforward to him in her answers at her hearing about whether she was aware the White House and other administration officials were against destroying the tapes at the time.

Despite his own misgivings with President Trump, Brennan has signaled his support for Haspel on Twitter.

Under a tough grilling last week, Haspel pledged she would not restart the waterboarding program, even if pressured by President Trump - who has supported bringing back waterboarding or something worse. "I have serious reservations about this nominee, and I will oppose her".

"Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", Paul said in an interview as he left the Senate for the week on Thursday.

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