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

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15 May, 2018

Mark Warner's decision strengthens the likelihood that she will be confirmed by the Senate in coming days.

While most Senate Democrats, including Intelligence Committee veterans like Dianne Feinstein, have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination, their pretensions to oppose torture and demand a higher moral standard in the CIA leadership are belied by their own records.

McCain, a war hero who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is one of just two Republicans who have announced they will vote against her.

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. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is not expected because he is home battling cancer.

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken".

A second Democrat on Saturday said he would vote in favor of Haspel, even as Republican Sens.

Haspel's letter was first reported by CNN.

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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.

"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", Haspel said in the letter, which was written Monday and released Tuesday.

A career intelligence officer and now acting director, Haspel faces ongoing questions over her work running a covert detention site where terror suspects were brutally interrogated.

A committee vote on Haspel is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

As for Mr. Paul, he has expressed deep reservations about Ms. Haspel since earlier this spring when Mr. Trump nominated her to replace Mike Pompeo, who became secretary of state.

"It's not just the issue of torture", he said.

That was when Bartiromo asked the vice president who served under former President George W. Bush about torture.


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