Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

US Senate approves Central Intelligence Agency director involved in torture interrogation

US Senate approves Central Intelligence Agency director involved in torture interrogation

Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' global standing and handing Donald Trump another victory. He did not vote on Thursday.

As it turns out, erstwhile CIA Director John Brennan, who was appointed under former President Barack Obama in 2013, held a similar view of waterboarding and faced quite a bit of criticism from the left for his nuanced views on the issue. "While I respect Ms. Haspel's service and sacrifice, after meeting with her and reviewing classified documents, I do not think she is that person".

Haspel may have possibly done her self some good when trying to get Senator Warner's vote as well. But to the frustration of many senators, she refused to condemn the program and said it had been legal at the time. "But I do question her fidelity to a core value of our nation - that all people have certain inalienable rights", Leahy said in a statement, adding that the basic dignity of human beings "is incompatible with inhumane practices like torture".

Ahead of voting, McConnell said Haspel "demonstrated candor, integrity, and a forthright approach" throughout the confirmation process and "has quietly earned the respect and admiration" of intelligence community leaders at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and overseas.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, echoed the sentiment of Haspel's opponents in the Senate. Six Democrats ultimately broke ranks to vote for Haspel - Sen.

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Ms Haspel is a 33-year veteran at the agency now serving as its acting director.

During Haspel's confirmation process critics said she was not forthcoming about her role in the torture program, known as enhanced interrogation, and destroyed evidence. Haspel now has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of three Democrats to announce Tuesday that they were voting for her, bringing the total to five.

The 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest for a Central Intelligence Agency nominee in the almost seven decades that a nod from the Senate has been required. Rand Paul (R-KY) were the only Republicans to vote against Haspel, while Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN), Sen.

"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying", McCain said, citing Haspel's reluctance, during her public hearing, to provide a "yes" or "no" answer to a question from California Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (FL), Sen. He said he's convinced that Haspel could and would stand up to Trump, who has voiced support for waterboarding and has said "torture works".

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