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Six Senate Democrats Helped Republicans Confirm Torturer Gina Haspel

18 May 2018, 09:34 | Tara Lloyd

Six Senate Democrats Helped Republicans Confirm Torturer Gina Haspel

Six Senate Democrats Helped Republicans Confirm Torturer Gina Haspel

Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' global standing and handing Donald Trump another victory.

Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate to run the CIA Thursday, despite some lingering concerns over her role in the use of torture techniques while acting as station chief in Thailand.

Haspel was named acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency after former chief Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State.

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Beyond Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and Nelson, who will be targeted relentlessly by Trump and GOP forces regardless of their vote for Haspel, there were two Democratic senators who tokenized Haspel and were proud to overlook her torture past because they could say they backed the First Woman CIA Director Ever.

Haspel faces opposition from a majority of Democrats and human rights groups for her role in the George W. Bush administration's interrogation and detention program, which critics say amounted to torture.

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken", she wrote. He said he's convinced that Haspel could and would stand up to Trump, who has voiced support for waterboarding and has said "torture works". For the majority of her career, Haspel worked as an undercover officer, at home and overseas.

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There have been voices in the Senate, too, over Haspel's appointment. As he had done in the weeks leading to the vote, Wyden also criticized parts of Haspel's background, the extent to which it remained classified, and her reluctance to admit, during her hearing, that the interrogation program was morally objectionable. Haspel is widely respected as a disciplined, non-political field agent. Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chair Sen.

"Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel!", Trump tweeted. "I have heard from many Agency officers, and for that matter, members of the rank and file of other Intelligence Community agencies", Warner, who had announced his intention to support Haspel on Tuesday, said. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Sen.

"I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense", McCain said in a statement last week.

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Nearly all details about Ms. Haspel's record at the agency were classified, and officials there defied calls from some lawmakers to make them available to the public ahead of the vote.



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