After an initial worry about her history of overseeing the CIA’s post 9-11 interrogation (torture) program ……It has become apparent that Senator’s have decided NOT to block her nomination on that, but to approve her to lead the agency due to her knowledge of it…..
She had been carfeul at first to portray one face in public for Donald Trump to see, while showing a more contrite face about interrogation policy for the agency going forward, to the Senator’s who will vote to confirme her…..But in the end backed away from usage of the method of questioning…
The committee released the result of the vote that was conducted in closed session without giving further details. However, all eight Republicans and two of the seven Democrats on the panel earlier expressed support for Haspel. The remaining five Democrats had announced their opposition.
The confirmation vote by the full Senate could occur before the end of the week.
The interrogation program became one of the darkest chapters of the CIA’s history and tainted America’s image worldwide after the Sept. 11 attacks. Critics opposed Haspel’s nomination in part because of her role supervising a secret CIA detention site in Thailand for several months in 2002.
Haspel has not disclosed any details of what she did in connection with the interrogation program or say whether she thought it had been immoral.
But during her confirmation hearing last week, she said she doesn’t believe torture works as an interrogation technique and that her “strong moral compass” would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.
“With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken,” according to Haspel’s written answers to some 60 additional questions from lawmakers…..
Her boss, President Donald Trump , has said he supports using torture methods and would push for more extensive use of it…