Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel should renounce torture

John McCain Urges Senate To Reject Nominee For CIA Head Over Torture Support To the Editor: A most difficult conundrum
Charlie Simmons | 13 May, 2018, 00:30

"I believe that she has learned from the past, and that the Central Intelligence Agency under her leadership can help our country confront serious worldwide threats and challenges", Donnelly said in a statement. Fails to mention her complicity in torture but favorably cites endorsement of former officials who oversaw warrantless wiretapping program and drone campaign. Rand Paul, R-KY., and also Arizona Sen. "No legitimate reason was given, but one could conclude it's because Trump nominated her. Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough asked if yesterday's hearing was just a sideshow for the Democratic base because no one could be that stupid and not know what Haspel was going to respond concerning our waterboarding program".

"She would bring more direct, hard-earned experience to the role of CIA director than any leader in the agency's history", McConnell said Wednesday in a statement.

McCain is not expected to return to Washington for the vote, and he may not be able to sway his colleagues to stop her confirmation. "Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, she is widely esteemed, and she is absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position".

What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks. "Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". Should a group of terrorists kidnap your child and one of the terrorists was apprehended by the police, would you not want law enforcement to use every method possible to locate your child? But it has had limited impact in the Senate, where Haspel was gaining support.

In a closed session following Haspel's public testimony, the mood was less tense and more familiar, according to people familiar with the proceedings who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

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"Sen. McCain's view of what the country's doing won the day", Graham told AP.

Fairly or not, Haspel has to bear the weight of those words as well as her own actions. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced this week that he will back Haspel.

Haspel's confirmation had been complicated by an intent to vote "no" by Sen.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., is the only other Republican who is publicly considering opposing Haspel - in part because of his respect for McCain, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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