Offbeat Senate panel ready to recommend Gina Haspel's confirmation

15:35  16 may  2018
15:35  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON — Gina Haspel, nominee to become the CIA's first female director, is expected to get a nod from the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday after telling Congress that the agency shouldn't have used harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Five Democrats have said they will vote to confirm Haspel, a career intelligence official who is acting director of the agency. The committee vote would pave the way for final confirmation by the full Senate.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken," according to Haspel's written answers to some 60 additional questions from lawmakers.

Haspel's nomination has sparked renewed debate over brutal interrogation practices the CIA used on terror suspects after 9/11. Haspel was involved in supervising a secret CIA detention site in Thailand.

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  McCain urges Senate to reject Haspel’s nomination Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came out against Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to be CIA director, on Wednesday after her confirmation hearing in the Senate. In a break with President Trump, McCain urged his Senate colleagues to vote against Haspel, charging that "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’ s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the C.I.A. has revived Now, on the eve of her Senate confirmation hearing, a striking voice is trying to join that fray: Khalid Ms. Haspel is scheduled to appear before the panel for a confirmation hearing on Wednesday, and

During her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

In this May 9, 2018 photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a letter Tuesday to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel says she would “refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press In this May 9, 2018 photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a letter Tuesday to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel says she would “refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values.” (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Haspel also said she would not permit the spy agency to resume its harsh interrogation program, which became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA's history and tainted America's image worldwide.

But she would not disclose any details of what she did in connection with the interrogation program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.

Bolstering the comments she made during her hearing, Haspel wrote, "I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any purpose."

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Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel ’s prime Democrat, laid out a slender path to ‘sure’ in his opening remarks. “That has by no means occurred within the historical past of the C.I.A., and it’s not going to occur with Gina Haspel ’ s nomination,” Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the

Gina Haspel , the nominee for CIA director, appeared before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for her confirmation hearing. In prepared remarks, Haspel said agency will never resume the interrogation program it ran following the Sept.11,2001 terror attacks.

The Senate intelligence committee is expected to vote in closed session. The full Senate could hold a confirmation vote before the end of the week.

Already announcing their support for her were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelley of Indiana, Bill Nelson of Florida and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The only Senate Republicans who are not expected to vote for her are Kentucky's Rand Paul and Arizona's John McCain, who is battling cancer and is not expected to be present for the ballot.

Haspel's opponents, however, continue to weigh into the debate.

"Ms. Haspel is cynically trying to offer mere words in an attempt to win votes to support her confirmation," said Gen. Charles Krulak, former commandant of the Marine Corps.

"The definition of moral courage is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons when no one's looking. Gina Haspel failed that test," said Krulak, who organized a letter signed by more than 100 retired generals and admirals expressing concern over her nomination.

Daphne Eviatar with Amnesty International on Tuesday called Haspel's nomination an "affront to human rights."

"This country has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity," she said.

Wisconsin GOP candidate: Dem senator is on 'Team Terrorists' .
Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) Republican midterm challenger Leah Vukimir hit the senator for staying silent on CIA director nominee Gina Haspel's confirmation process on Wednesday, saying in a press release Baldwin was on "Team Terrorist."The press release from Vukimir's campaign included a graphic with Vukimir and Haspel, with the caption "Team America," while Baldwin's picture appears alongside a picture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

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