CIA Nominee Haspel Promises Not to Restart Torture Program

CIA Nominee Haspel Promises Not to Restart Torture Program”

Perhaps more significantly, she would be the first operations officer from the agency's Clandestine Services division to become the CIA director since the ascension in 1973 of William Colby, who was infamous for his direction of Operation Phoenix, a massive campaign of assassinations and torture that claimed the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children in Vietnam.

The sound of dozens of clicking cameras greeted Haspel as she entered the room and shook hands with members of the committee.

Her technical explanations rang hollow to some in a time when torture is now almost universally condemned in Washington.

But she did not declare, flat out, that torture is wrong and that she regretted her role in it. Their sole concern is that the elevation of Haspel will undermine Washington's ability to wave the phony flag of "human rights" in justifying future acts of aggression. He declined to discuss Haspel's nomination with us this week, but recently tweeted, "who would Jesus torture?" He said that while Haspel was one of the two officers "directly involved in the decision to destroy the tapes", he "found no fault" with what she did.

Wednesday morning, lawmakers asked Haspel if she would allow the agency to waterboard suspects again if the president ordered it. Though it's no longer permitted by military standards, the president has publicly called to reinstate the practice.

Haspel pledged on Wednesday never to restart a secret detention and the CIA'S controversial interrogation program. Kevin de Leon released his own list of questions he would have lobbed at Ms. Haspel had he been on the committee that grilled her Wednesday - including demanding to know why she didn't resign from the agency to protest the interrogations of terrorism suspects. But, neither she nor senators spent much time exploring the topic during the hearing.

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Central Intelligence Agency records on Haspel's past activity, which included running a black site in Thailand where detainees were tortured, will not be made public.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) asked Haspel at the hearing, "Do you believe that the previous interrogation techniques were immoral?" His view represents that of most of his fellow Republicans.

"Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying, " he wrote. McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination.

Those who support Haspel's nomination-including virtually all living ex-CIA directors from Democratic and Republican administrations alike, along with powerful sections of the USA ruling establishment-see her as a fit candidate to lead an agency preparing for war overseas and repression at home.

McCain has been home in Arizona battling brain cancer since the end of past year, and is not expected to return for the vote. "Paul will keep an open mind".

If confirmed, Haspel said she will follow the legal framework the U.S. has since imposed that bans any tactic not spelled out in the Army Field Manual. Joe Manchin- a Democrat from Trump-friendly West Virginia - faces a tough race for re-election this November, and appears poised to side with the president over his party on Haspel.

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