Gina Haspel Now Says CIA Shouldn't Have Conducted Its Interrogation Program

Hugh Fox
May 15, 2018

According to the Washington Post, a study the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that "the CIA's use of torture and other harsh interrogation techniques did not produce unique, critical intelligence that had not been replicated elsewhere or obtained through other means".

"The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that", she said in her letter.

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.

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"If I can change one person's mind about what torture is and what I would do to protect American freedom, I will do this for years", he said. "However, Ms. Haspel explained to me that the agency should not have employed such tactics in the past and has assured me that it will not do so in the future", Heitkamp said in a statement.

Haspel appears to have a lock on confirmation, with a vote in the Intelligence Committee expected for Wednesday. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN).

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Gina Haspel, now undergoing US Senate questioning, could be confirmed as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said her confirmation vote will be held this week.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Paul's opposition nearly triggered the panel to report Mr. Pompeo out of the committee unfavorably before the full Senate vote.

Amid criticism of Gina Haspel for her role in the Central Intelligence Agency's enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, one green beret made a decision to argue that waterboarding wasn't actually torture. Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture. "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 wrote.

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