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McCain urges senators to reject Gina Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency nomination

McCain urges senators to reject Gina Haspel's Central Intelligence Agency nomination

A senator from the Bluegrass State now stands between her and her next role. Joe Manchin - may be willing to reach across the aisle for her confirmation. "I excelled at" getting secrets, Haspel said minutes after describing herself as an average middle-class American.

This is keeping the messy details out of the public debate on Haspel.

The committee found that among the hundreds who were illegally abducted, detained and tortured, a significant number had no connection to Al Qaeda or any similar organization. Others, including those subjected to Ms. Haspel's treatment, were left permanently damaged, both mentally and physically. Now one of the chief perpetrators of the crimes described in the report is highly likely to be promoted to the top post in Washington's main intelligence agency.

During the hearing, Haspel promised that the so-called detention and interrogation program would not resume under her leadership. However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing, " said a statement from McCain, who faced torture during his almost six years as a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War.

And she would never carry out a presidential order she considered immoral, she said. She was having none of it.

On being asked if she would make personal pledge of loyalty to Trump if he asked, Haspel said she doesn't think the US President would do that. The methods used in that program are now widely regarded as torture. Under US law, all government employees, including intelligence agents, must abide by Army guidelines for interrogating prisoners - guidelines that don't permit waterboarding. I support the law, I wouldn't support a change in the law. The demands of Democrats for moral testimony from the 33-year Central Intelligence Agency operative are both hypocritical and absurd. The technical legality - the Bush administration's quickly cooked-up legal cover for torture - has now been thrown out and torture is again technically illegal.

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"The president has asserted that torture works". Haspel pushed back against the characterization that she held a decision-making role in the interrogation program, saying the CIA's former acting general counsel John Rizzo had corrected an assertion in his memoir that Haspel "had previously run the interrogation program". From Vietnam's Phoenix program to Guantanamo Bay, anything goes.

The Democrats' prattling about morality is truly obscene.

In her answers to more than 100 questions submitted by committee members, Haspel said: "I realize that there are strong disagreements on the effectiveness of the CIA's detention and interrogation program". Protesters interrupted the proceedings in the room, and keyboard warriors on social media battled over what Ms. Haspel said.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain said in a statement Wednesday night. She vowed to pursue operations "against these hard targets beginning on day one". The tweet also contained a link to an editorial from a right-leaning publication entitled, "the Conservative Case Against Gina Haspel".

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