Haspel says CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started

Haspel says CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, declared that the agency should not have undertaken its interrogation program in which al-Qaida detainees were tortured after the September 11 attacks - a condemnation she refused to make at her confirmation hearing last week.

Waterboarding is not torture! Her announcement came minutes after Sen.

Cheney said he didn't know Haspel personally, but backs her nomination: "I think she'd be a great Central Intelligence Agency director". Asked about the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from last week, she said that Iran had continued to substantially meet its commitments, including by observing limits on its centrifuges and amounts of low-enriched uranium and by not pursuing the original design of its heavy water research reactor.

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Haspel sent Warner a letter early Tuesday detailing the agency's post-9/11 interrogation methods and its treatment of detainees.

Though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the Senate to reject Haspel, her confirmation seems likely now that two red-state Democrats have offered their support: Sens.

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. "She will be seen not only as a strong leader if she's approved, but she will be seen as somebody who understands the work of the agency".

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In the letter, Haspel wrote that she would not "condemn" those who made the "hard calls" after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Haspel - who would replace now-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the role - has gotten support from lawmakers on the left. King and other senators are still pushing the Trump administration to allow all senators access to a Justice Department report detailing Haspel's role in ordering the destruction of tapes that showed waterboarding in 2005. It was President Obama who decided that John Brennan, Jose Rodriguez, Gina Haspel and others involved in the torture program should not face prosecution. Rodriguez has said publicly that Haspel knew he meant to take the matter into his own hands and issue the order, because he believed he had the authority to do so.

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