May 15, 2018
If there is anyone still breathing that doesn’t believe that Dianne Feinstein is far to old to be a member of the U.S. Senate from her inquisition of Gina Haspel’s meeting before the U.S. Senate, now is your time to stand up and speak your mind.
It’s clear that the Democrats excel two specific areas, obstruction and witch hunts.
Let them look within their own party.
This killer sang like a song bird.
In selected individuals, high value targets, so-called enhanced interrogation/ call it what it is, “Torture,” works. (Source)
WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to advance Gina Haspel’s nomination Wednesday to be the CIA’s first female director, paving the way for Hapel’s likely confirmation in the full Senate despite continuing questions about her role in the agency’s now-outlawed torture program.
The vote, which will take place in closed session and then be announced publicly, comes just one week after Haspel promised senators during a contentious confirmation hearing that she won’t try to revive banned torture techniques if she is confirmed.
Could Senator Diane Feinstein been anymore disingenuous?
Haspel is expected to win “yes”votes from 10 of the committee’s 15 members, garnering support from all eight Republicans and two Democrats: Vice Chairman Mark Warner of Virginia, who announced his decision Tuesday, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
The full Senate will likely vote on Haspel next week. With announcements Tuesday by Warner and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., that they will support her nomination, Haspel is almost certain to be confirmed.
Haspel’s nomination has reopened a fierce public debate over the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, with lawmakers questioning her 2002 oversight of a secret “black site” in Thailand where prisoners were tortured.
At last week’s confirmation hearing, senators also pressed Haspel about her role in the 2005 destruction of 92 videotapes showing CIA agents waterboarding prisoners.
Haspel’s participation in the torture program has prompted Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky to announce their opposition to her confirmation. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.
However, the support of four Democrats — Manchin, Warner, Heitkamp and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly — should be enough for Haspel to win a confirmation vote when combined with support from the vast majority of Republicans.
Haspel, a 33-year veteran of the CIA, stopped short last week of labeling the agency’s past torture program as “immoral,” saying it was deemed legal at the time by then-President George W. Bush and the Justice Department.
This week, she went a bit further, saying the CIA should never have started its controversial “enhanced interrogation” program.
“Over the last 17 years, the Agency and I have learned hard lessons since 9/11,” Haspel wrote in a letter to Warner.
“While I won’t condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world,” Haspel said in the letter, which was written Monday and released Tuesday.
“With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior Agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”
Warner said Tuesday he believes that Haspel “is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral — like a return to torture.”
Haspel’s opponents said they don’t believe she adequately explained her role in the destruction of the CIA videotapes that showed waterboarding. Haspel said she drafted an order to destroy the tapes at the direction of her boss, Jose Rodriguez, who was head of the CIA’s clandestine service at the time.
CIA director nominee Gina Haspel says she wouldn’t allow the agency to undertake “immoral” activities, even at the request of President Donald Trump. USA TODAY, USA TODAY
Haspel testified that she thought Rodriguez was going to consult with then-CIA Director Porter Goss before issuing the order.
But Rodriguez said in a recent interview with ProPublica that he told Haspel ahead of time that he intended to issue the order on his own, without informing Goss first.
Haspel testified that she agreed with Rodriguez that the tapes needed to be destroyed, but believed that Goss should have been consulted.
“We were worried about an irresponsible leak of our officers’ faces to the world,” Haspel told senators.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who serves on the Intelligence Committee and opposes Haspel’s confirmation, said he believes Haspel’s account of the tapes’ destruction “is full of holes.”
“I have seen the classified material, which I of course can’t get into, but there are other holes in the story beyond the fact that her former boss has publicly contradicted her,” Wyden said in an interview Monday.
“To me, this question of the destruction of the torture tapes is a character issue … It’s a key part of how evasive she’s been.”
Wyden would be another candidate for waterboarding.
Of course he’s another socialist/Marxist from Oregon so we would expect nothing less.
Democrats on the committee have written a classified report about Haspel’s record and are offering it up to other senators to review in a secure room before the confirmation vote, Wyden said.
The vote by the full Senate has not yet been scheduled.
Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, told reporters Monday that President Trump will lobby senators to confirm Haspel when the president meets with lawmakers Tuesday for lunch on Capitol Hill.
“This is an individual who has had over three decades of exemplary service and experience with the CIA,” Shah told reporters. “And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm her.”