Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United States should not have undertaken harsh interrogations — Trump CIA nominee

United States should not have undertaken harsh interrogations — Trump CIA nominee

The US Senate may vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel as the next CIA Director before the Memorial Day break.

She is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week, although that vote likely also will be close. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that", Haspel said.

At her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Haspel told lawmakers she would not restart the agency's torture program ― which included waterboarding ― if confirmed as the CIA's director.

Green Beret sniper Tim Kennedy wholeheartedly supports Haspel's nomination, calling her an "amazing hero".

Amid an intensifying public debate on torture, President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA on Tuesday said the harsh interrogation program the agency ran at black sites after the September 11 attacks should not have been undertaken. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia and Joe Donnelly, Indiana, have pledged support.

Haspel's comments went beyond her testimony at her confirmation hearing last week, when she repeatedly refused to disavow techniques such as waterboarding as immoral or ineffective.

Most Republicans are expected to back Haspel, although Sen. "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

Intelligence committee members have seen this report, but so far other senators, who will vote on Haspel's nomination later this month, have not. Mark Warner, D-Va., who is among key Democrats whose votes will be crucial in the narrowly divided GOP Senate, especially after Republican Sen.

"Ms. Haspel's involvement in torture is deeply troubling, as my friend and colleague, John McCain, so eloquently reminded us".

In her Monday letter, Haspel said that she would refuse "to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values".

Asked about that apparent discrepancy, Haspel disclosed that a Central Intelligence Agency lawyer who reviewed the tapes in 2002 found that there were no viewable videotapes of the interrogation of al-Nashiri, so only one detainee was depicted on them when they were destroyed.

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