CIA Director's Confirmation in Doubt as Sen. McCain Cites "Disturbing" Torture Role

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In 2002, Haspel briefly ran the CIA's then-secret "black site" prison in Thailand, where detainees were waterboarded and subjected to sleep deprivation, body slamming and other abuses.

"You tell me that the only method we have is, 'Please, please, pretty please, tell us what you know.' Well, I don't buy that", he continued. Asked about a possible investigation of the excesses of the Bush administration's war on terror, Obama said that while clear acts of wrongdoing should be punished, "I'm more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards".

"We had some great discussions about all the travels, talking about going to Iraq, and I couldn't remember who the general was, and he said, 'Its General Austin, ' and I said, 'OK, thanks, '" Graham recalled, careful to say their time together was "reflective and forward looking, too".

A victim of torture as a POW during the Vietnam war, Mr. McCain issued a statement praising Ms. Haspel's patriotism but questioning her inability to "acknowledge torture's immorality".

Haspel faced grilling Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about her role overseeing some CIA operations after the September 11 attacks. If confirmed, Haspel will be the first woman in history to lead the agency.

As Senate consideration of Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency quickly turned into a debate over torture, one voice weighed in from afar. "I urge all senators to put partisan bickering and theatrics aside, focus on what is best for our national security, and swiftly confirm Haspel to be our next CIA Director". "I'm not asking, 'Do you believe they were legal?' I'm asking 'Do you believe they were immoral?'" Also, the agency has, despite five congressional requests, refused to declassify her professional biography. Democrats, however, worry that Trump and top aides are not opposed to the use of outlawed techniques in interrogations.


Fairly or not, Haspel has to bear the weight of those words as well as her own actions.

"My moral compass is strong".

"I absolutely was an advocate", Haspel responded.

Both Trump and Pompeo expressed support for Haspel and her testimony on Wednesday night. Trump wrote on Twitter. I'm looking forward to receiving intelligence as Secretary of State from this awesome leader. But without it, Geraldo contends, Osama Bin Laden would never have been killed by US forces.

"I am not able to describe the information", said Marine Lt. Col. Derek A. Poteet, who is defending Mohammed, adding that the information came directly from Mohammed and not government files given to defense lawyers. "I recall my first foreign agent meeting was on a dark, moonless night with an agent I'd never met before". Nevertheless, she managed to cowardly suggest that - in fairness to other covert employees - she would not allow public discussion of her decades spent in clandestine activities.

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