Published: Wed, May 09, 2018

Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel to vow not to restart torture program

Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel to vow not to restart torture program

Several years later, she was involved in the destruction of dozens of videotapes depicting torture as Congress examined the methods more closely.

John Brennan, CIA chief under the Obama administration, used Twitter to appeal for her confirmation by sceptical Democrats.

But Haspel was a strong advocate within the agency for destroying the tapes, believing that were they to become public and reveal the identity of CIA interrogators, they could face reprisals from terrorists.

President Donald Trump tapped the 61-year-old, who now serves as deputy director of the CIA, to head the spy agency, after Mike Pompeo vacated the post to become secretary of state. Senate Democrats have charged that they were "disturbed" by the classified information they were reading about Haspel. Trump tweets are likely part of a larger pro-Haspel push by the White House as Haspel sits before the Senate for her confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had raised concerns about allegations against Jackson, including that he loosely handled prescription pain medications while serving in the White House medical unit, was intoxicated during an overseas trip, and created a toxic work environment.

A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded that Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times during his time in USA custody as CIA agents attempted to discern information from the terrorist commander about possible future attacks. She said Haspel should not offer an apology if called upon to do so. "This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone".

Following the publishing of the Post report, Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah echoed Sanders' praise of Haspel.

The senator's letter comes amid growing frustration over the CIA's refusal to publicly disclose more details about Haspel's "highly secretive and reportedly torture-filled record".

Last month, the Central Intelligence Agency declassified an internal disciplinary review that "found no fault with the performance" of Haspel in the destruction of the videotapes.

Critics from rights groups, a significant number of retired general and admirals, and some from the intelligence community, have opposed the nomination over her ties to the secret detention and interrogation program that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks. "She would smash a glass ceiling if she got the job".

The release of the disciplinary review may persuade some lawmakers who had been undecided to support Haspel, said congressional officials tracking the nomination process.

Haspel herself is expected to say she has learned from past mistakes and would not go along with any future order to use waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other forms of torture.

In private meetings with senators, Haspel has vowed to stand firm against any effort to restart the harsh interrogations, but it's unclear if that pledge will be enough to reassure wary Democrats.

"The reason you're seeing contingency planning isn't a lack of confidence in Gina, but because they're seeing the Democrats band together. they're anxious they're not going to have the votes, ' a former national security source told the network".

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