With CIA nominee, we must draw a line on torture

08 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel

"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Fox News morning show was discussing a Washington Post report that the nominee, Gina Haspel, had offered to pull her name from consideration over concerns in Congress about her involvement in the George W. Bush-era interrogation program.

She has been at the CIA for 33 years, nearly entirely undercover but most recently as deputy director, and her time at the agency covered the period when techniques that included waterboarding were used in a controversial interrogation programme for terrorist suspects.

"The White House is fully behind her", Short said on MSNBC. But Haspel is facing an uphill confirmation battle because of the role she played in the waterboarding of radical Islamic terrorism figures, in a "black site" prison in Thailand, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington, D.C.

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On Friday, Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination after some White House officials raised concerns with her ability to get confirmed, but the White House and Haspel are moving forward with her confirmation.

"Given that Ms. Haspel, as the current Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is in the conflicted position of serving as the classification authority over potentially derogatory information related to her own nomination, we can think of no more appropriate situation for you to serve as the relevant authority - as outlined in EO 13526", said the senators.

Ms. Haspel, a 33-year CIA veteran with strong relationships within the agency, is unquestionably capable of stepping into the top job. In advance of her Wednesday hearing, officials reportedly summoned Haspel to the White House Friday.

As found out, the American press, at a meeting in the White house, she explained that it is better to abandon this position, as the discussion in the hearings of the special Committee on intelligence of the Senate may damage not only her reputation but also the reputation of the entire Department.

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Trump's comments garnered the now-daily outraged reaction online, with many highlighting the president's own hypocrisy and failure to recognize the inherent ineffectiveness of torture. Republicans have only a 51-to-49 majority in the Senate, and with Sen.

The official cited a recent column by Jeremy Bash, former chief counsel to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee that concluded "Confirming Gina Haspel would send exactly the right signal to the intelligence community and the rest of the country about the importance of professional intelligence and service over self".

According to numerous reports, key Al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were brutally interrogated, slammed against walls, and repeatedly waterboarded in 2002 in Thailand. "All green-lighted during her 32-year career".

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