Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump urged to immediately appoint haspel was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Trump urged to immediately appoint haspel was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

The 54-45 vote split both parties, with six Democrats joining most Republicans in support of Haspel's nomination in the 100-member chamber.

While Warner claimed that he believes Haspel "can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", ABC News pointed out that some of the Democrats who stood behind Haspel's confirmation may have had ulterior motives as majority are up for re-election in states where President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. "Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders".

But the White House pushed forward on Haspel, and in her confirmation hearing last week she did enough to secure votes from Democrats who were on the fence, even as she repeatedly danced around questions about whether she thought the Bush-era interrogation program was immoral.

However, her nomination was widely condemned after it was revealed she oversaw a torture program in the early 2000s and played a part in the deletion of interrogation footage. Her specific role in the program remains classified. The vote was mostly along party lines although six Democrats voted for her and two Republicans went against her. "Should we trust that she will have the moral compass to stand up and say 'No?'" he asked.

The American Civil Liberties Union attacked Haspel's confirmation as "a complete disgrace to our democracy".

"I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me", Haspel said in a statement.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire also voted in favor of Haspel's confirmation. They also had questions about her rejection of the now-banned techniques.

Haspel was approved despite stiff opposition over oversight of the CIA's use of torture, including waterboarding, in the years after the September 11 attacks. "She personally wrote the order to destroy 92 tapes of Central Intelligence Agency torture", he said.

But for many in the Senate, such as Intelligence Committee Democrat Mark Warner, Haspel's dark history didn't matter. John McCain that Haspel's record and perspective on torture are disqualifying.

The CIA made a full court press for Haspel in the weeks leading up to her confirmation, tweeting about her time as a chief of station in Africa and posting a biography on its website that includes her love of University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball and Johnny Cash - a man who famously wore black to protest the war in Vietnam.

"To hold her up as an exemplar, an individual whose career will serve as guidance to those who will join the agency in the future, is shocking".

"The Senate has now rewarded that atrocious conduct by promoting someone that reportedly administered it to lead one of the government's most powerful agencies", said Daphne Eviatar at Amnesty International USA.

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