Panel approves Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director nominee

Flake Announces He Is Opposing Haspel's Nomination

Haspel has testified to the Senate that she will refuse any order from Trump to waterboard or do "a lot more".

Most in the Democratic caucus are expected to vote against Haspel - with Sen.

Haspel won the backing of the Senate intelligence committee yesterday, paving the way for her expected confirmation to lead the agency.

"Her being the first female director does not make a difference", Flaherty said. She became deputy director past year and has been serving as acting director since Mike Pompeo left last month to become secretary of State.

"She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future", he said.

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate intelligence committee last week, Haspel was grilled by Democrats over her record, and repeatedly asked if she thought torture was immoral. Waterboarding simulates the experience of drowning.

American bourgeois "democracy" has been reduced, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus that operates outside of any legal restraints.

In a farcical attempt to cloak his support for Haspel, Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, announced on Tuesday that he had received a letter from the nominee that convinced him the ex-torturer would not revive such methods. Even while Warner criticized Haspel's own double standard on what can and cannot be kept secret, he engaged in the same kind of selective secrecy. "We must choose leaders that consistently embody our highest ideals, rather than our darkest moments".

She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

Haspel, the CIA's deputy director, was nominated by President Donald Trump to the agency's top position in early April.

Jeff Flake of Arizona, announced his opposition to Haspel.

Haspel's nomination moved ahead despite stiff opposition - including from at least three of Trump's fellow Republicans - over her part in the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered torture, in the years after the September 11 attacks.

"Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight", Flake said.

Haspel had already picked up Democratic support and appears on a path to confirmation.

The 10-5 vote behind closed doors clears the way for Haspel to receive a confirmation vote of the full Senate as early as this week.

Beavers said senators are making a political miscalculation if they give their support to confirm a nominee "who has helped carry out torture".

"I would not put Central Intelligence Agency officers at risk by asking them to undertake risky, controversial behavior again", Haspel testified.

Brennan is an outspoken critic of Trump but called Haspel "highly qualified" and urged senators to view her with an open mind. "Ms. Haspel's apparently clear path of confirmation", it wrote, "essentially ends a cycle of debate about the agency's use of torture after the September 11 attacks..."

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