Haspel defends torture of terrorism suspects

Haspel defends torture of terrorism suspects

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee said the documents will not be made public or declassified. But support is not certain, which means she would need at least one Democratic vote to be confirmed by the Senate.

Many took note of her faceoff with the CIA nominee, a woman who has spent 33 years at the cloak-and-dagger agency, a lot of them as an undercover agent in unsavoury locales.

The statement came hours after Haspel testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in both open and closed settings.

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

KM: It looks like at this point you have the votes to get her through the committee process, do you have the votes on the floor, are you putting a full-court press on Sen. She allegedly pushed for erasing evidence of the torturing and was able to persuade her superior in doing so.

At Wednesday's hearing Senator Mark Warner (D) Virginina asked Haspel, "If this president asked you to do something you find morally objectionable, will you carry that out, the option, that order or not?"

Now, with the nomination of CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel, who was involved the use of torture that took place in prisons like Abu Ghraib, to become the Director of the CIA, al-Qaysi has been forced to relive the experience of his time at the notorious prison, where he was brutally tortured after being arrested and detained over his opposition to the US invasion of Iraq.

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"Senator, I believe I've answered the question".

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME notes that the president as a candidate repeatedly expressed his support for waterboarding. She says that the interrogation program in the past did more harm than good and we'll never go down that road again.

What she would not say, no matter how many ways it was asked, was whether she now thought that program was wrong or regretted her participation in it.

She said that those working in the counterterrorism center "had been charged with making sure the country wasn't attacked again, and we had been informed that the techniques in CIA's program were legal and authorized by the highest legal authority in the country and also the president".

Little wonder that so many senior Obama-era intelligence officials - including Leon Panetta, John Brennan, Michael Morell, James R. Clapper Jr. and Jeremy Bash - have urged the Senate to confirm her. "I think that is psychotic", Meghan McCain said Thursday.

"I think she's done a great job in terms of the career she's built, and the people I know at the agency are very enthusiastic about having one of their own, so to speak, in the driver's seat at the CIA".

Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency career has been anything but ordinary - and though she acknowledged little is known about her publicly, she offered few details about her career. We also understand Haspel's desire to stand by the people she would soon be leading if confirmed. Functionally, Republicans now hold 50 seats to the democrats' 49, as Sen. The big obstacle to Ms. Haspel's confirmation is that she ran a secret prison in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded. She said on CNN she would vote against the nomination.

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