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Haspel defends torture of terrorism suspects

11 Mai 2018

Hiding behind the old Army field manual, how convenient. He was the main motivation behind that, so his voice matters here. With McCain out and Sen. To install did it in public, when he Haspel more than two hours answered questions of senators. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Lindsey Graham of SC. There isn't anybody who questions her capabilities including many past Central Intelligence Agency directors from both Republican and Democrat administrations. While it's unclear what effect Mr McCain's stance will have on Ms Haspel's confirmation, his views carry clout as a voice of principle from the only senator now serving who has been held captive during wartime. Her objections to the program now seem based on the conclusion that we've had a public debate and the agency can not put its people in the position of operating outside the law or the popular consensus. "We're pretty good at what we do", said Irving, adding special forces soldiers "look up to" leaders like Gina Haspel. He's not expected to be back in Washington, D.C., to vote on Haspel's nomination.

She was responding to a question from Senator John Cornyn.

"I have a lot of respect for Sen".

"It is not my way to trumpet the fact that I'm a woman up for the top job at CIA", Haspel said, "but I would be remiss in not remarking on".

However, Arizona's other Republican senator and frequent Trump White House critic, Jeff Flake, on Thursday declared himself still undecided.

"Everybody's raising this issue of what she knew, when she knew it and how involved she was in destruction of these tapes, but that's all been investigated", said Thune.

But Sanders also said she had not recently discussed with Trump the question of whether torture is effective.

Do you think that interrogation techniques were inhuman? "I support the law, I wouldn't support a change in the law". At least one Republican, Senator Rand Paul, has said he opposes her confirmation, and others have said they will wait to see how she does at Wednesday's hearing.

The "Hooded Man" photo of Ali Shallal al-Qaysi captured by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick, who was one of several soldiers who took part in the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib, came to represent the scandal of human rights abuses revealed at the prison.

A White House spokesman did not dispute the report and issued a statement on behalf of the White House: "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this hard time".

Haspel responded: "Senator, what I believe sitting here today is that I support the higher moral standard we have made a decision to hold ourselves..." before Harris cut her off, again pressing her to answer the question.

Haspel defends torture of terrorism suspects