Gina Haspel: A Prolific But Controversial CIA Career

Geneva Stokes
May 11, 2018

Haspel is beloved by the CIA's rank and file because she is one of them. I would absolutely not permit it, ' Haspel told the Senate Intelligence Committee. Brennan is known to have favored rendition and enhanced interrogation techniques, which he has said led to information that "was useful, and was used". Harris' overbearing questions about morality were demeaning, nonsensical, and completely devoid of relevance to today's security needs. Eminently qualified, she shouldn't be controversial, at all, but this is a pretty partisan environment, and many of President Trump's nominees get roughed up a bit, but she'll be confirmed, and she'll do a great job for America.

MARTIN: I remember speaking with you a few weeks ago about Gina Haspel.

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". Most Republicans, except Sen.

Haspel, the CIA's acting director and a career intelligence officer, faced grilling about her role overseeing some CIA operations in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

This week, President Trump tweeted that Haspel came under fire from Democrats because "she was too tough on terrorists". But neither she nor senators spent much time exploring the topic during the hearing.

'CIA has learned some tough lessons, ' Haspel said, explaining that in retrospect the agency was not prepared to conduct the detention and interrogation program employed after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda militants. Her response to questioning about torture is indicative of the present moral condition of the people who run this country.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel said during her Senate confirmation hearing that she would not restart a detention and interrogation program.

She said her "moral compass is strong" and that the Central Intelligence Agency must undertake activities consistent with American values.

The United States should bring back enhanced interrogation techniques and "go back and study them and learn", according to former vice president Dick Cheney on Thursday. Her nomination has strong support inside the agency and from many of its former leaders, including several who served under President Barack Obama.

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She says that if she's confirmed, she will follow the clear and legal framework the USA has since imposed that bans any corrosive tactic not spelled out in the Army Field Manual.

"Senator, I think I've answered the question", Haspel said.

"The videotapes of his interrogations, along with recordings of the torture of other detainees, were ordered destroyed by the head of the CIA's clandestine service, Jose Rodriguez, despite standing orders from the White House Counsel's Office to preserve them", McCain writes with Mark Salter in "The Restless Wave", which is set for publication on May 22. At least one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, has said he opposes her confirmation, and others have said they will wait to see how she does at Wednesday's hearing.

A GOP colleague on the committee, Sen.

Gina Haspel sat before the American people and touted her "moral compass" - but refused to show us which way it points. What he would have to say about Haspel mattered.

So the issue before the Senate boils down to one question: Should somebody complicit in torture lead the agency?

MARTIN: But didn't she say unequivocally that she would not reinstate the waterboarding program? Her colleagues sing her praises and even her foes acknowledge her abilities.

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