Paul vows to 'do everything' to keep Pompeo, Haspel from office

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Paul vows to 'do everything' to keep Pompeo, Haspel from office

Trump named Pompeo, a former Republican representative from Kansas, to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"Gina Haspel has spent her career defending the American people and homeland", she tweeted.

A ProPublica investigation published past year detailed how Haspel "was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah than has been publicly understood, according to newly available records and accounts by participants".

A black site is a secret prison used by the CIA to interrogate subjects for the objective of obtaining intelligence.

Greenwald did not express surprise at Haspel's appointment, instead pointed out that "this isn't a radical departure for CIA", considering the agency's pro-torture history. An internal Justice Department review of the torture memo's authors concluded they had not committed professional misconduct when they worked backwards to justify the Bush administration's use of torture in defiance of laws against it. And just because you don't like a tactic, that doesn't make it torture.

"In retrospect, OMS thought AZ probably reached the point of cooperation even prior to the institution of "enhanced measures"-a development missed because of the narrow focus of questioning". In fact, we need the exact opposite.

SIMON: Gina Haspel destroyed evidence?

SIMON: You understand, Mr. Kiriakou, that this week we have to ask you why should we believe you.

ProPublica corrected those two details on Thursday evening and issued an apology, with editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg writing, "Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them". Now conservative media outlets are drawing attention to the ProPublica retraction of its earlier story as a big setback for her opponents. "They have to take care where they travel". "With Pompeo, Trump's worst instincts on Iran and North Korea will be reinforced". A fifth cited her role in the "former detention and interrogation program".

Why do I say that? Those words were put in my mouth by Ray Bonnor and others who were involved with that article.

Central Intelligence Agency officials knew the torture might kill Abu Zubaydah and planned accordingly.

According to critics, the real scandal continues to be Haspel's participation in torture and the subsequent cover-up-not the news outlet's error.

SIMON: I'm looking at your words.

Because of the lurid nature of the Zubaydah interrogation, and particularly the hints we've gotten that whoever was in charge of the black site at the time was personally involved, a lot of the thunder and lightning about Haspel has involved that particular case. He said he doesn't know Haspel's personal views about the harsh interrogations, but said there's no indication she ever tried to halt them.

KIRIAKOU: Then I apologize. There were actually videotapes of trying to drown these people and torture them.

"When we cover medicine, we talk about what we call "never events" - like, operating on the wrong limb". These methods of "enhanced interrogation" included sleep deprivation, humiliation, painful stress positions, and simulated drowning, known as "waterboarding" in an effort to obtain information about terrorist organizations. The techniques used in this program were not torture.

You went to prison as a whistleblower on this torture program. And we did. We murdered people in custody. She is a thoughtful professional who has a balanced understanding of CIA's role: "she knows firsthand the operator's world but also understands the importance of analytic rigor and objectivity".

"We could see her nomination fail", Sifton says.

Bradley Lewis, a professor of moral philosophy at The Catholic University of America, said the vast majority of Catholic thinkers hold, as he does, that waterboarding is a form of torture. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others would vote to confirm her due to her supposed past.

KIRIAKOU: That's one of my concerns.

KIRIAKOU: Thanks for having me.

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