Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Haspel is qualified, needs to clear up past

Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Haspel is qualified, needs to clear up past

During her hearing before the committee, Haspel told lawmakers the spy agency shouldn't have relied on those tactics and has promised not to restart them.

Haspel's background as a career CIA officer who played a role in the agency's use of interrogation and detention policies viewed as torture has been the key debate in her confirmation process. Most likely because she did not want to condemn the Central Intelligence Agency employees working in the anti-terrorism field in that era as evil - as acting without any moral guidance as opposed to simply making a bad choice.

The Senate Intelligence Committee gave President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA, Gina Hasepl, a positive recommendation Wednesday.

"It is regrettable that during her tenure at the CIA the agency engaged in so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques"; however, at that time, those methods were deemed legal", Flanders said. John McCain, R-Ariz., it meant that Haspel needed at least one Democratic vote to assure her confirmation, even if all other Republicans voted in favor of her confirmation. Sen.

Among the Democrats who have come out backing Haspel is Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the top ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I believe that she will be a strong advocate for the Agency's workforce, and an independent voice who can and will stand up on behalf of our nation's intelligence community". However, in a move that's been called "beyond shameful", five Democrats-Sens. "Her nomination has support from national security leaders and senators in both parties", McConnell said in a statement Wednesday morning. She would be the first female director in the agency's more than 70-year history. Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota came out IN support of her late Tuesday afternoon.

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Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, asked her to define her "moral code".

Attention now turns to the vote by the full Senate, which has not yet been scheduled.

Liberal legislators sought to derail Haspel's nomination; accusing her of endorsing "enhanced interrogation techniques" -such as waterboarding- on detained terror suspects. She needs a majority of votes to be confirmed in the 100-member Senate, which Republicans control 51-49. She joined the CIA in 1985 and has held a collection of high-ranking positions on the intelligence company all through her prolonged profession, together with senior management positions inside the company's Nationwide Clandestine Service, which oversees the company's spy operations overseas and its most covert operations packages.

Rand Paul (Ky.)-are openly opposing Haspel. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., have all announced their support for Haspel.

The United States, Eviatar added, "has not held any officials accountable for the use of torture, so it's even more outrageous that the government is considering someone to the chief intelligence position in spite of her alleged participation in that clearly illegal and immoral activity".

At present, Haspel's prospects for confirmation by the full Senate look good.

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