Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Cheney: US should restart harsh interrogations, back Haspel

Cheney: US should restart harsh interrogations, back Haspel

Joe Donnelly of IN announced Saturday that he will support Gina Haspel's nomination for Central Intelligence Agency director.

Donnelly said in his statement that he had a "tough, frank, and extensive discussion with Ms. Haspel on a wide range of topics, including her vision for the agency and how she would approach the job, as well as issues of detention and interrogation".

Haspel, now the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program.

Haspel delivered an order from her superior to other agency officials to destroy videotapes of the interrogations, including the waterboarding of one of the top al-Qaeda operatives.

Brutal interrogation practices are banned under U.S. law, but debate on the issue has resurfaced during Haspel's confirmation process because she was once involved in the CIA's interrogation program. "However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing". John McCain of Arizona, who was tortured as a prisoner in Vietnam, called on the Senate to reject her nomination, citing her refusal in testimony to acknowledge "torture's immorality".

With two Democrats now backing her nomination-the first to do so was Sen.

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A senior Democratic source told Fox News this week that it was unclear if the Senate Democratic leadership would whip against Haspel, and that several Democrats may eventually vote for her.

"Hoosiers deserve a senator who will stand up and lead, not a career politician who is constantly trying to evaluate whether a decision is right for reelection or their left-wing donor base", Braun said.

Feinstein said Thursday that she will oppose the nominee, calling the interrogation program part of "one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history and it must not be repeated".

"Sen. McCain's view of what the country's doing won the day", Graham told AP. "And yet all we've gotten are select records that don't address her participation in extraordinary rendition", the senator wrote. John McCain, a Republican who is still recovering from treatment for brain cancer and would likely not return in time for the Haspel vote, is firmly against the nomination. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced this week that he will back Haspel.

She warned that confirming Haspel would send a message to allies that the USA approves of what happened after 9-11.

Over the past few days, Mike Braun, the Republican nominee for Senate in IN, attacked Donnelly for being undecided on Haspel's nomination and playing a political game with his vote, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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