Faith and Human Rights Organizations Call for Senate to Oppose Gina Haspel

Faith and Human Rights Organizations Call for Senate to Oppose Gina Haspel

He says that he respects Haspel but that her testimony at Wednesday's confirmation hearing failed to fully explain her involvement in the CIA's enhanced interrogation program after 9/11 and account for the mistakes the USA made in torturing detainees.

By all accounts, Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who rose up through the ranks during her 33 years with the agency. Susan Collins saying she will vote for Haspel's confirmation and Sen.

The senator said the decision to use enhanced interrogation techniques was understandable, given the atmosphere of the post-9/11 world, but argued "the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world". In her opening remarks, she acknowledged that the American public wants to know her views on the CIA's now-defunct detention and interrogation programme.

He says the methods the USA employs to keep the nation safe must be as right and just as the values that Americans aspire to live up to and promote in the world.

Haspel largely ducked questions about whether the C.I.A. acted morally when it did use the technique and later destroyed videotapes of controversial interrogation methods.

Haspel has received strong backing from former top intelligence officials, but after the 3 1/2 -hour hearing, two top Democrats on the committee, Sens.

More than 100 former USA ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say US behavior is "no different from ours".

McCain, who is home at his ranch in Arizona as he battles brain cancer, made the statement after Haspel testified in her confirmation on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning. Kamala Harris, who noted that President Donald Trump has said he believes torture works.

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"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing", McCain said in a statement late Wednesday.

The 61-year-old intelligence professional, who has served in undercover assignments both domestically and overseas for more than three decades, faces what will likely be a close confirmation vote in the full Senate.

Her leadership ability, and the idea that her promise to disobey torture orders if Trump gives them, are both in serious doubt.

She says, "we don't have interrogators and we don't have interrogation expertise".

"Gina Haspel did a spectacular job today".

Haspel's critics outside Congress have stepped up their opposition, arguing that anyone who willingly participated in one of the CIA's darkest chapters should not head the spy agency. Last month, the CIA released a 2011 memo summarizing a disciplinary review conducted by then-CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell.

But Haspel refused to condemn her actions overseeing a secret Central Intelligence Agency prison where such methods had been used, or in drafting the order to destroy evidence of such sessions, insisting that at the time, she understood them to be legal, and that it was impossible to know "whether interrogation techniques played a role" in getting "valuable information from debriefing al-Qaida detainees". Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Drawing on her experience as a multilingual secret agent, Haspel said her plans as CIA chief include "putting more intelligence officers in the field overseas and emphasizing "foreign language excellence".

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