Senate Committee Confirms President's Pick for CIA Chief
May 18 2018
"Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, echoed many in saying at her confirmation hearing this week that Haspel is 'without a doubt, the most qualified person the president could have chosen to lead the CIA, and the most prepared nominee in its 70-year history'".
Since Trump nominated Haspel, her confirmation has been clouded by debate over the CIA's former interrogation program. "Maybe more important, people who have worked with her - Central Intelligence Agency directors who have served both Republican and Democratic presidents, not to mention a wide range of Central Intelligence Agency officers - have expressed their strong support for her nomination".
One red-state Democrat who has said he'll oppose Haspel, Sen.
The vote was 10-5 to recommend Haspel's confirmation.
Several senators questioned Haspel on the controversy surrounding her role in the agency's waterboarding program.
"Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the president if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Mr. Warner said.
"With the benefit of almost 20 years of hindsight, and from your perspective as the nominee to be Director of the CIA, do you believe the Agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" was consistent with American values?"
Following her successful hearing before Congress last week, public officials, commentators, and editorial boards are commending Gina Haspel and urging the Senate to confirm her as CIA Director. In a follow-up letter to Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat, she added that in hindsight, it was a mistake to have used them at the time, and says while the program may have produced valuable intelligence, it "ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world". Haspel supervised one of those detention sites in Thailand, but details of her work there have not been declassified.
Warner's vote highlights the reactionary basis on which the Democratic Party is opposing Trump. John McCain, R-Ariz., who did not vote because he had surgery to battle his brain cancer.
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.
Jeff Flake (AZ) announced Wednesday that he will be voting against Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA Director. Sen.
7 may Haspel, who held the position of Deputy head of the CIA, was appointed acting Director of the Agency after former leader Mike Pompeo endorsed for the position of Secretary.
Haspel also drafted a cable ordering the destruction of videotapes depicting harsh interrogation of terror suspects after 9/11, although her boss actually sent the order. Trump, on the other hand says waterboarding and "a lot more" is what he demands.
Those Democrats supporting Haspel did so with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
In an interview, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the U.S. that torture is not a crime".