Senate Committee Confirms President's Pick for CIA Chief

Senate Committee Confirms President's Pick for CIA Chief

Veteran spy Gina Haspel will become the first female director of the CIA after six Democrats joined Republicans in a Senate confirmation vote on Thursday that overrode concerns about her role in the spy agency's harsh interrogation program after 9/11.

The 10-5 vote behind closed doors clears the way for Haspel to receive a confirmation vote of the full Senate as early as this week. In announcing his support for the nominee, Warner said Haspel has been "professional and forthright" with the intelligence committee, "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".

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.

The document States that for Haspel voted ten members of the Committee.

Harris and four other Democrats voted against her. John McCain, whose long-distance rejection of Haspel as he battles brain cancer at home hit a political nerve.

Doug Jones, D-Ala., said Tuesday in announcing his opposition to Haspel. She told Warner: "While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".

Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, directly oversaw the repeated waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at the Thailand torture center.

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Six Democrats, however, were heartened by her pledge to never restart harsh interrogation programs, even if Trump requested.

Most in the Democratic caucus are expected to vote against Haspel - with Sen.

Haspel's nomination has been controversial, with senators questioning her oversight in 2002 of a secret "black site" in Thailand where suspected terrorists were subjected to waterboarding and other torture techniques that were later banned.

But those Democrats who plan to vote against Haspel are no less hypocritical in their supposed opposition to torture. If she were disqualified, so would have been appointees of the Obama administration who served in the intelligence community at that time. The CIA moral being that it is better to be charged with destroying video tapes than being charged for torture.

She is now the deputy director. He asked how the Senate could take seriously Haspel's "conversion on torture?"

A letter from more than 100 former USA ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries. "Nothing speaks louder than Haspel's secrecy and silence on torture, destruction of evidence, and her role in both". Yet when the pressure came, Warner chose to ensure that nothing that would really jeopardize Haspel's confirmation became public.

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