Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Here Are The Five Senators Who Voted Against Haspel

Here Are The Five Senators Who Voted Against Haspel Here Are The Five Senators Who Voted Against Haspel
Melinda Barton | 16 May, 2018, 21:53

While the New York Times and other news outlets are reporting that Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, apparently may have the votes to secure Senate confirmation even though she was directly involved in the Bush administration's overseas torture program during the Iraq war, one Alabama senator will vote no.

Gina Haspel is a step closer to becoming the next CIA director after the US Senate Intelligence Committee voted to advance her nomination.

The full senate is expected to vote on Haspel's nomination next week.

It was Haspel's reticence to say that the CIA's interrogation program was, in retrospect, morally wrong that sparked the Senate's authorities on torture - namely, Sens.

Warner said he received assurances from Haspel on her views on the CIA's enhanced interrogation programme, which human rights advocates have classified as torture.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken". She also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site.

It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent their entire career in the agency's clandestine services.

Haspel's letter was requested by Sen.

Applauding the Intelligence Committee's favourable, bipartisan vote in support of Haspel's nomination to be CIA Director, Senator Marco Rubio urged the Senate to confirm her nomination.

Harris said she would vote against Haspel because she did not feel it would be the best pick for the agency, given her past.

But not having caught the bigger fish yet is no excuse for throwing this one back, let alone promoting her to head the very organization under whose auspices she committed her crimes. "This country has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity". Haspel danced around those queries by saying she would not restart the program and that she supports the current "stricter moral standard" after Congress changed the law.

"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 continued. Her nomination can now be considered by the full Senate. Her maneuvering with Warner came as the Trump administration worked overtime to attract support for her. "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", Sen.

But during her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn't believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

Two Republicans, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel's nomination. Jeff Flake of Arizona has raised concerns about the nominee.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the United States that torture is not a crime".