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Even in a Haspel CIA, Reviving Torture Would Be Difficult

09 May, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • BE PREPARED Susan Gordon the deputy director of national intelligence has already had her name surface as a possible replacement should Haspel falter

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to take aim at John Kerry, endorse a cabinet nominee, and announce an global phone call. The call came a day after Haspel offered to withdraw her nomination - an offer she walked back after conversations with White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and Sarah Sanders, the press secretary. "Any Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite". Think of that, in these very risky times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror.

Senators are also expected to question Haspel about her involvement in the destruction of 92 Central Intelligence Agency videotapes that showed prisoners being waterboarded. He said "there's a huge amount still to be learned" about Haspel's previous work, which is "a flawless test of what she might face right now". "That is demoralizing. That is politicizing what they do", said Burlingame, whose brother Charles "Chic" Burlingame was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.

Daniels is embroiled in several lawsuits with President Trump after being paid hush money by Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, to stay silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2011.

In a bid to boost her standing ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings, Trump sent out a tweet that celebrated rather than downplayed Haspel's role in the "enhanced interrogation" programme that included waterboarding - the simulated drowning of detainees.

The top US Senate Intelligence Committee Democrat urged President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director on Monday to declassify more records of her work as a top official at the agency, including any possible involvement in its interrogation program. One Republican lawmaker warned Trump in a recent conversation that the White House's citation last week of supportive statements from James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, former CIA director, did more to generate opposition to Haspel among some conservatives than support for her, one source familiar with the talk said. By Saturday she had reportedly agreed to continue with the nomination.

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Meanwhile, Haspel was on Capitol Hill Monday making the case for herself.

At the heart of Wednesday confirmation hearing will be an examination of what happened in Detention Site Green, a secret prison in Thailand which Haspel briefly ran in 2002; her role in overseeing interrogation while running the agency's counter-terrorism centre in the two years after that; and how much say she had in a decision to destroy interrogation videotapes without the explicit assent of the CIA leadership of congressional oversight committees.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro reports from Washington.

'The White House is fully behind her, ' he added.

"Her confirmation is going to be interpreted not just as sweeping it under the rug, but people overseas are going to look at it as it's an implicit approval of that program", Ford told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.



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