The Gina Haspel controversy runs deeper than her appointment — Central Intelligence Agency

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He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration's torture program.

White House aides on Friday sought out additional details about Haspel's involvement in the CIA's now-defunct program of detaining and brutally interrogating terror suspects after 9/11 as they prepared her for Wednesday's confirmation hearing.

The CIA's effort to promote the Haspel nomination appears to be without precedent in recent history for national security nominees.

I feel all this on a deep personal level. It unquestionably is torture, and it is only one of a series of tactics the Central Intelligence Agency used to interrogate prisoners suspected of having information about terrorist activities.

I chose to go another direction.

It took a pliant Secretary of State to not make waves about the "black sites" being set up and run outside the control of the local US ambassadors, generally the person in charge of all USA government activities, programs, and relationships with the host nation. That, in fact, is precisely the position of your own defense secretary, Jim Mattis, who said during his job interview, "Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers, and I do better with that than I do with torture".

"This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone", Trump said Tuesday in a Twitter posting. But they weren't legally considered torture when they were being used. The Trump administration wants you to believe that Haspel is the only ideal candidate for the job. Harris joins Benjamin Wittes to discuss the nomination, the cases for and against Haspel, and what we can expect when she faces the committee tomorrow. But she's a Russian Federation expert. We need to understand not only what she did and why but what her views are on torture going forward. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who has been among the most vocal Haspel critics, and Sen. Let that sink in. Sadly, at my alma mater Fordham University, torture seems to have slipped out of that well-defined moral category into a "gray world".

In my view, a decision on Haspel's nomination is an easy one. In 2001-2004, she was a deputy group chief of the Counterterrorism Center, which ran the program, and then chief of staff to Jose Rodriguez, who directed the program. The tapes were destroyed on the orders of her boss. "She truly has, everything I've seen". Her actions on torture ought to be disqualifying.

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Sanders issued a tweet in support of Haspel and rebuking her detractors on Capitol Hill late Saturday afternoon.

Haspel's conversations with senators continue ahead of Wednesday's confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee and a later full vote in the Senate.

According to many of her friends and colleagues, the nominee is a fine person and deserves to be confirmed. Mark Warner of Virginia has said the same thing.

"In the first torture program's aftermath, a new and untested president insisted that Americans "....look forward as opposed to looking backward" on the US torture program. Many Democratic senators have called for more transparency in regards to her role and what she allowed to happen at those black sites. She is expected to reiterate that publicly this week.

Democrats threatened by strong Republican challengers in this November's mid-term elections, such as Joe Manchin and Bill Nelson, are most likely to provide the necessary support.

With that said, the Republicans aren't necessarily unified either. Arizona's Jeff Flake, Maine's Susan Collins and Tennessee's Bob Corker are undecided.

Americans such as John McCain thought otherwise. He's a likely no vote on Haspel, although he is so sick with brain cancer that he may not make the vote at all. As the news was unfolding, no one knew what exactly was happening. This is an uphill fight.

"I am anxious about it, especially given these little drips and drops we have seen", said Greenberg. Is this really the country we want to be?

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