May 27, 2018

CIA nominee regrets agency undertook harsh interrogation

15 May 2018, 10:27 | Simon Arnold

Nelson to meet with Gina Haspel today — and Republicans pressure him for support

Haspel Now Says CIA Waterboarding Never Should Have Happened

However, when John Brennan, who is also tied to President Bush's enhanced interrogation program, was being considered for Central Intelligence Agency director, Sanders voted yes, as did 35 other Democrats still in office.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Paul's opposition nearly triggered the panel to report Mr. Pompeo out of the committee unfavorably before the full Senate vote.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is to vote Wednesday at a closed-door session to approve Haspel's nomination and send it to the full Senate.

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who is away from the Senate amid treatment for brain cancer, released a statement last week saying Haspel's refusal to rebuke torture as immoral in her hearing was "disqualifying".

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

While most Senate Democrats, including Intelligence Committee veterans like Dianne Feinstein, have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination, their pretensions to oppose torture and demand a higher moral standard in the CIA leadership are belied by their own records.

Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern about Haspel's involvement in the post 9/11-era interrogation and detention programs. The other two are Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN). Gina Haspel was in charge of a black site base in Thailand where prisoners were tortured after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Yes, but why? If it's all about the enhanced interrogation program?

Haspel's letter was requested by Sen. "I don't think it's knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that".

Chatting with Fox Enterprise' Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired Sunday, Cheney mentioned the methods, reminiscent of waterboarding, helped support within the seize of Usama bin Laden within the aftermath of the September 11 terror assaults. "I believed in it", Cheney said.

"Waterboarding was utilized really to exclusively three people - a kind of was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11", the previous vp mentioned on "Sunday Morning Futures", noting {that a} categorized report referred to as Mohammed a "preeminent supply" of data on Al Qaeda.

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