Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Democrats, rights advocates are close to losing the battle over torture

Democrats, rights advocates are close to losing the battle over torture

The announcement puts Donnelly at odds with Democrats, who oppose Haspel, and may improve her chances of being confirmed by the Senate.

What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks.

Haspel has run into criticism because she was once involved in the CIA's harsh interrogation program.

Donnelly announced that he will be voting to confirm Haspel after a " tough, frank, and extensive discussion".

The 33-year-old veteran of the agency, Gina also stated that she will not permit it, no matter what, this was her response to the question by the committee that if she received the directive from the president she is found to be objectionable in a moral sense.

Haspel, currently the CIA's deputy director, would replace Mike Pompeo, who is now Secretary of State.

"I think we shouldn't reward somebody who participated in torture, really still has trouble saying and articulating that it is an immoral thing. and that really isn't who we are as a people", Paul said.

Her nomination is contentious because she was chief of a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, who was tortured during almost six years of captivity during Vietnam, opposes Haspel's nomination.

Haspel was a wily witness at her confirmation hearing. Right now, we have an administration led by a president who has expressed a clear interest in resuming the very "enhanced interrogation" techniques that Acting Director Haspel oversaw.

Among Republican senators, only McCain and Rand Paul have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination.

Haspel spoke deliberately and carefully in her opening statement, calling the hearing "a new experience for me, as I spent over 30 years undercover and in the shadows", and noting that the hearing is the first time she directly engaged with the American public in her career.

Brennan worked in the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush administration, and served as Central Intelligence Agency director under President Obama from 2013-2017.

The Intelligence Committee is expected to hold a vote on Haspel on Wednesday, according to sources familiar with the panel's timing, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would then like to hold a full confirmation vote the following week before the Senate adjourns for the week-long Memorial Day recess.

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