Trump's Nominee For CIA Director Tells Senators That Torture Doesn't Work


'I'm not asking do you believe they were illegal.

Sen. Ben Cardin said Friday he's still undecided on whether he will support President Trump's Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel due to her past experience with enhanced interrogation techniques, or what critics have called torture. McCain noted: "Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

And what if Haspel were ordered to waterboard a terrorism suspect? The senator issued a statement Wednesday calling Haspel a "patriot", but saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked".

McCain, who had expressed reservations when Trump initially nominated her, remained unsatisfied. "I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty".

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The incident came the same day a retired Air Force general called McCain "songbird John" during an appearance on Fox Business Network for allegedly providing information to the North Vietnamese while he was a prisoner of war.

Although McCain is unlikely to cast a floor vote on Haspel, as he is out of Washington receiving treatment for a rare and serious form of brain cancer, his opinion carries particular symbolic weight, as a war hero who was tortured in Vietnam.

McCain has not returned to the Senate since December. That includes Haspel. So instead of facing the law she's facing a career promotion to one of the most powerful positions in the United States, if not the world. John McCain helped us save our military. But one thing Cheney can not do is change the past - in spite of the revisionist historical narrative he offered Bartiromo. I'd have them active and ready to go, and I'd go back and study them and learn'.

"I wanted to let him know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage", Biden told The New York Times. "As an army officer first and then as a government employee with the Central Intelligence Agency, I took just one solemn oath - that was to support and defend the constitution of the USA against all enemies - foreign and domestic". Critics call this torture. After growing up around the world as the daughter of a member of the U.S. Air Force, she was drawn to the Central Intelligence Agency by what she felt was the excitement it offered, and picked up the techniques of being an undercover operative very quickly after she joined in 1985. Former President Barack Obama added his signature to the anti-torture law in November 2015; McCain was a co-sponsor. One wonders if the U.S. were attacked again like on 9/11 if she would keep her vow, especially as she admitted nothing wrong with "enhanced interrogation" the first time. "It wasted valuable time and money, created rifts with our allies and was used as a recruitment tool by terrorists".

Haspel claimed to have a "strong moral compass". Before the hearing, a small group of protesters shouted, 'Say no to torture, ' before also being removed. In addition to its illegality, many military personnel oppose US torture because they believe it is counterproductive to getting accurate information, allows enemies an excuse to torture any Americans captured, and makes the adversary's combatants more prone to fight to the death rather than surrender-thus resulting in more American casualties.