Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Anti-torture protesters crash Gina Haspel's CIA Senate confirmation hearing

Anti-torture protesters crash Gina Haspel's CIA Senate confirmation hearing

Her office said Thursday that's because Baldwin has not yet met with Haspel.

In 2011, Obama's deputy Central Intelligence Agency director, Michael Morell, concluded from his investigation: "I have found no fault with the performance of Ms. Haspel".

Cindy McCain shot back at the White House aide who made a joke about her husband's battle with brain cancer. He urged the Senate to reject the nominee.

Haspel faces a narrow path to confirmation with GOP leadership wanting to move her nomination before they leave for a week-long Memorial Day recess. However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing.

'Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying.

President Trump himself has mocked McCain on several occasions. But it has had limited impact in the Senate, where Haspel was gaining support.

One longtime senator declined to explicitly call his visit with McCain earlier this year a final farewell.

"There's just no question that country matters more to John than party", said Murphy.

She also pushed back at times, calling it a "tragedy" that the interrogation controversy had cast a shadow on the CIA's efforts to prevent another mass casualty terrorist event while the nation was still reeling from the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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Usually when people are dying, they become spiritually magnanimous because they see the Big Picture, but McCain is apparently wasting his last days trying to settle scores with old enemies. Former President Barack Obama added his signature to the anti-torture law in November 2015; McCain was a co-sponsor. Democrats, however, worry that Trump and top aides are not opposed to the use of outlawed techniques in interrogations. "The reason we are where we are is from Sen".

"Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, can testify to the Intelligence Committee after every 9/11 widow, widower and child testifies about they think of him vs. Gina Haspel and the CIA", Cotton wrote on Twitter this week. Some senators asked about her morals.

Yes, torture was used at her prison but it was legally-authorized at the time and she knows full well that those techniques are outlawed today. In a response that augured Haspel's Senate testimony a half century later, Eichmann told his interrogators: "You say illegal. Win Gina!" Pompeo tweeted.

McCain's future may have a pronounced impact on Republican efforts to maintain their narrow Senate majority.

McCain returned to Arizona in December after receiving a diagnosis of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Vice President Mike Pence can be relied on to break a tie. She failed to react to your request for comment Thursday afternoon.

If confirmed, she would be the first operations officer in five decades to rise through the ranks to lead the agency.

Other Democrats are weighing their votes.

"I have a lot of respect for Sen". Both Intelligence committee members from California, Sen. "That's what I intend to do".

McCain famously returned to Washington from Arizona previous year to cast a deciding vote against the Republican health care repeal. That might have given her an easy path to Senate confirmation as the CIA's first female director. McCain's rejection of the nominee was not mentioned. I know they will say whatever they think their torturers want them to say if they believe it will stop their suffering.

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