Friday, 25 May, 2018

Gina Haspel criticizes "enhanced interrogation" in letter to Mark Warner

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Red-state Democratic Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampDems warn against changes to federal family planning program This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Senators weigh support for CIA pick after McCain move MORE (N.D.) said on Tuesday that she will support CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

"Both the Committee and the Agency shared the goal of obtaining the critical intelligence needed to thwart another attack", Haspel wrote.

She is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as next week, although that vote likely also will be close. Though she vowed during her testimony never to restart a detention and interrogation program and said she would obey current law, she also refused to condemn the agency's defunct torture program and insisted that it had been legal at the time.

Haspel pledged at her confirmation hearing that she would never restart the program, in place in the years after the September 11, 2001 attacks, but did not go as far as saying it should not have been started.

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With the Republican Party holding only a 51-49 margin in the Senate, cut to 50-49 in practice because of McCain's long absence due to terminal brain cancer, the shift of even one senator had the potential to torpedo the nomination. A number of Democrats and two Republicans, Rand Paul and John McCain, have said they'll oppose her confirmation because of her role in supervising the use of the disputed techniques on suspected terrorists in the years after the September 11 attacks.

She also said it "was a mistake not to brief the entire Committee at the beginning" of the program, acknowledging criticism that the Central Intelligence Agency didn't do enough to keep more than a handful of congressional overseers up to speed. It was President Obama who decided that John Brennan, Jose Rodriguez, Gina Haspel and others involved in the torture program should not face prosecution.

McCain said last week he found it "disturbing" that Haspel had a role overseeing torture and could not back her nomination. "I think what we did helped ultimately produce the intelligence we needed to be able to get (Osama) bin Laden", Cheney said. Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly. The other two are Sens. A committee vote is expected Wednesday.

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