Past use of torture should disqualify Central Intelligence Agency director nominee

Gina Haspel at her confirmation hearing where she refused to denounce torture as immoral

Gina Haspel at her confirmation hearing where she refused to denounce torture as immoralCHIP SOMODEVILLA GETTY IMAGES

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said in a statement earlier this week that "her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing" and "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". She further adds saying that it's still unknown whether the torturing interrogation has been the major reason behind it. Gina further mentions that after September 11 the spy agency had learned the use of harsh interrogation and detention tactics. Harris has since said she will vote against Haspel's confirmation. Haspel's prospects for confirmation remain in doubt, after Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona issued statements opposing her nomination.

As writes the Voice of America, the Senator is now in Arizona, where the treatment of brain cancer.

The White House on Friday declined to condemn comments made by a special assistant to President Donald Trump dismissing Sen.

"I excelled in finding and acquiring secret information that I obtained in brush passes, dead drops, or in meetings in dusty back alleys of third world capitals", she said.

She came under particular fire from Sens. "Most of all, I know the use of torture compromises that which most distinguishes us from our enemies, our belief that all people, even captured enemies, possess basic human rights, which are protected by worldwide conventions the USA not only joined, but for the most part authored".

"As our country faces dynamic and challenging security threats, it is critically important that our intelligence agencies have the leadership and support that they need to help keep Americans safe and defend our nation from those who wish to do us harm", Donnelly said.

Whether or not she becomes Central Intelligence Agency director, Ms. Haspel's record on torture has lastingly compromised her, just as the practice of torture has lastingly tainted the ideals of our great nation. The hearing produced no startling revelations about her. Haspel stated that, if confirmed, she would not restart the now-repudiated detention and interrogation program. "I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination".

Republicans have expressed confidence about Haspel's confirmation, though Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's confirmation was particularly grueling.

Donnelly joins Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., as the only other Democrat to announce support for Haspel.

Rounds says he expects Senators to vote on Haspel's nomination in the next few weeks.

But Donnelly's intention to vote for Haspel wouldn't be the first time he's crossed the aisle to vote when most of his colleagues did not. "I think she's done a great job in terms of the career she's built, and the people I know at the agency are very enthusiastic about having one of their own, so to speak, in the driver's seat at the CIA".

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