Trump's CIA pick says agency will not repeat "controversial activity"

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Trump's CIA pick says agency will not repeat

There were senators who questioned the wisdom of relitigating mistakes from 17 years ago, and to them I would say we are still very much living our post-9/11 blunders in Iraq and especially Afghanistan.

Pointing to a separate incident, Cindy McCain also called out Fox Business' Charles V. Payne, after one of his guests made an equally atrocious remark about her ailing husband on Fox Business on Thursday.

And, particularly if Haspel is rubberstamped by the Senate with Democratic help, the US will continue to torture.

CNN commentator Phil Mudd defended his former Central Intelligence Agency colleague, Gina Haspel, who faced the grilling of the lawmakers Wednesday about interrogation techniques.

Ms. Haspel had long confronted terror suspects but never cameras. Democratic senators, most of whom will vote against Ms Haspel, may cite this as a decisive moment.

As Sen. Mark R. Warner (Va.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, made clear from the outset, Ms. Haspel needs to clearly repudiate that record.

Senators asked how she would respond if Trump - who has said he supports harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding and "a hell of a lot worse" - ordered her to do something she found morally objectionable.

One of the issues "hovering over the hearing" was President Donald Trump's embrace of bringing back banned torture techniques, King noted.

However, Haspel declined to answer "yes or no" during a tense exchange with Harris when the senator asked whether the use of interrogation tactics that critics say amount to torture was immoral.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked [on September 11, 2001]", McCain said in a statement.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly pressed Haspel for a yes-or-no answer on whether the techniques were "immoral", but Haspel refused to give such an answer.

In her first public account of the destruction, which occurred in 2005, she said there were concerns about the "security risk" the tapes posed - that the lives of undercover officers might be put at risk if they were to become public. She's also served as a CIA station chief four times and has served as the agency's deputy director since 2016. The headline takeaway for many viewers was her insistence that she would not restart the program "under any circumstances", regardless of what the President wanted. "We need to get to the bottom of what Gina Haspel did, and what she knew, before the Senate votes on her nomination". "No", she said in a rudely dismissive tone, "you've not". U.S. Capitol Police quickly removed them from the hearing room where members of the Senate intelligence committee are holding a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel.

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