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Central Intelligence Agency nominee toughens interrogation stance, picks up support

Central Intelligence Agency nominee toughens interrogation stance, picks up support

Central Intelligence Agency nominee toughens interrogation stance, picks up support

"Having served in that tumultuous time", she said, "I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership, C.I.A. will not restart such a detention and interrogation program".

She is a career intelligence official, but her nomination has been controversial because she was involved in the CIA's post-9/11 program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

"What stood out most to me was Acting Director Haspel's refusal to call a spade a spade".

With a positive committee vote, the full Senate could vote on Haspel's confirmation as early as Thursday, according to Senate aides, although that would require cooperation from senators to waive the chamber's procedural hurdles for a quick vote.

Haspel testified at a Senate hearing that torture does not work as an interrogation technique and that, as director, her strong "moral compass" would ensure she did not carry out any administrative directive she found objectionable.

Applauding the Intelligence Committee's favourable, bipartisan vote in support of Haspel's nomination to be CIA Director, Senator Marco Rubio urged the Senate to confirm her nomination.

Two of the committee's seven Democrats are supporting Haspel, together with Virginia's Sen.

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Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), a red-state Democrat who faces election in 2020, announced that he would oppose her.

While she said she now disagrees with the operations, she declined to take issue with her predecessors' decisions - and said the torture sometimes produced useful information.

What's prevented her from being a shoo-in for the top job is her role at the center of one of the federal government's most sickening and indefensible programs, a brutal interrogation regime that used torture against terrorism suspects after the September 11 attacks.

'Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the President could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70 year history of the Agency, ' Burr said Wednesday. In 2002, she ran a black site in Thailand where waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques were used. 'Both the Committee and the Agency shared the goal of obtaining the critical intelligence needed to thwart another attack'. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he would not vote for her. Additionally, late yesterday Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida announced that they too will support Haspel on the Senate floor.

"With the advantage of hindsight and my expertise as a senior company chief, the improved interrogation program just isn't one the Central Intelligence Agency ought to have undertaken", she wrote within the letter to Warner. "Gina Haspel failed that test", said Krulak, who organized a letter signed by more than 100 retired generals and admirals expressing concern over her nomination. Full Senate approval is the right outcome for Ms. Haspel as well.

Her confirmation hearing last week was dominated by questions about her part in the spy agency's use of methods such as waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered torture, more than a decade ago under President George W. Bush.

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