What to Watch For in Gina Haspel's Confirmation Hearing for CIA Post
- Author: Leroy Wright May 09, 2018,
May 09, 2018, 18:49
Washington, May 9 Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee as the CIA Director and facing criticism for being involved in detention and interrogation techniques, will promise not to restart any such controversial programme, according to the excerpts of her prepared remarks which she will tell before a Senate panel. Haspel is telling senators that she would stand firm against restarting the spy agency's brutal interrogation program of terrorist suspects.
Morell's subsequent review confirmed that Haspel was aware the White House and others objected to the destruction of the tapes, that she engaged in efforts to "press for" their destruction, and that she "drafted the cable" that ordered their destruction.
Needless to say, it isn't quite the fact that Haspel is a woman which is bothering the Democrats about her appointment.
Haspel met with Republican and Democratic senators on Monday.
On May 9th, the public will finally hear Haspel's take. during her nomination hearing. He said the hearing is not about the now-defunct CIA interrogation program, but about who should lead the agency in the future as it faces current threats to us national security.
If accurate, this removes the strongest argument for Haspel, and the reason her CIA colleagues have been inappropriately lobbying for her nomination: the fear that it is either her, or an unqualified ideologue such as Tom Cotton, the Republican senator from Arkansas, who would politicise intelligence. It is something I failed to appreciate in the past when I was more sympathetic to "enhanced interrogation techniques" as a tool in the war on terror. Arizona's John McCain spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where he was tortured mercilessly.
A WOMAN OF INTEGRITY: Current and former intelligence officials have attested that Haspel is "unfailingly honest", "committed to the rule of law", "professional", and has a "high moral character".
As well as praising her 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency and the number of honors she has received during this time, the Trump administration added she had been "completely vindicated" over allegations she ordered the destruction of the interrogation tapes and that policymakers who "set up, approved, and were briefed on enhanced interrogation techniques" are the ones who were responsible for the program.
"I'm very concerned", said Sen.
Several prominent members of the Republican-controlled Senate have indicated they are likely to object to Ms. Haspel's confirmation, primarily over her role in the agency's use of torture. "I recall my first foreign agent meeting was on a dark, moonless night with an agent I'd never met before", Haspel is expected to say. The torture left both of them severely damaged, both psychologically and physically, while producing no known intelligence. First, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said weeks ago that he would not "whip" votes on Haspel.
Burlingame said if Haspel is not approved, it will lead to further "politicization" of the CIA and intelligence agencies, which she sees as a factor in authorities failing to connect the dots before 9/11.
Haspel is not only admired by her superiors but also by her peers for paying her dues and for always putting her responsibilities to the agency and loyalty to the nation first, according to Sparkman.
Warner expressed skepticism about confirming Haspel, questioning "the message the Senate would send" by appointing a director who worked in the interrogation program.
The CIA has declassified some materials, including an internal 2011 report on the tape destruction clearing her of wrongdoing. Congressman Frank Pallone, the top Democrat on the House energy and commerce committee, said he was "unfit to hold public office and undeserving of the public's trust".