Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

A second Democrat on Saturday said he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee for CIA director, moving the agency veteran a significant step closer to confirmation.

The senator from IN, who met with Haspel on Thursday, said IN a statement that he had "a tough, frank, and extensive discussion" with her that covered both her vision for the agency and its past use of "enhanced" interrogations against terrorist captives, including methods such as waterboarding that are widely considered torture.

The rally came two days after a fiercely contested Republican primary, which was won in an upset by Mike Braun, a wealthy businessman and former state lawmaker.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said in a statement earlier this week that "her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing" and "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

Rand Paul, a Republican, opposed, Haspel still needs support from at least one Democratic senator as well as every other Republican to be confirmed.

Haspel can not afford to lose any additional Republican support.

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During her confirmation hearing before the Senate, Haspel said she would not restart the interrogation programs used in the past and would resist any efforts from the president to implement the tactics into the US war on terror once again. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and have Vice-President Mike Pence to break any tie.

Protesters interrupted Haspel's hearing shouting, "Prosecute the torturers!" and "Bloody Gina!" He says the program was necessary to keep the USA safe from attacks and that he doesn't think the techniques used amounted to torture. Ms. Haspel is to be commended for speaking her mind and allowing her own moral compass to direct her personal actions.

Repeatedly asked by the California senator Kamala Harris for a yes or no answer on whether torture was immoral, she declined to say either way.

"If it were my call I would not discontinue those programs; I'd have them active and ready to go and I'd go back and study them and learn", Cheney told Fox Business News. A lot of people try to call it that, but it wasn't deemed torture at the time. "If it were my call, I'd do it again".

But her supporters point to her more the 30 years of experience as an undercover operative for the CIA as evidence of her ability to lead the agency. "That said, it is impossible to know whether the Central Intelligence Agency could have obtained the same information in another way", she wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union said the Senate "should not even agree to vote on this nomination until it gets full information and honesty from this nominee".

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