Trump PAC Urges Support For CIA Pick

May 09, 2018, 01:22
Trump PAC Urges Support For CIA Pick

Haspel is beloved by the CIA's rank and file because she is one of them. Haspel's past as the head of a war prison in Thailand has caused several to question her reported use of "advanced interrogation tactics".

Haspel testifies Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing.

"She's truly a spymaster", said one retired senior intelligence official who knows Haspel well.

Haspel's supporters argue that while she drafted the cable, Rodriguez sent it without the approval of CIA Director Porter Goss and without informing Haspel that he would do so.

Haspel, who would be the first woman to lead the CIA, is the first career operations officer to be nominated to lead the agency in decades. The New York Times reported that the White House has seen newly released documentation including records of chats in the CIA's internal messaging system in which Haspel raises no objections to the CIA's interrogation techniques.

She said the interrogations did not break laws, were authorized by the Justice Department and fully briefed to members of Congress.

Perhaps what really irks Democrats about Haspel's appointment is that she reminds them of what they were weak on during the Bush years: opposing Bush's overseas adventures, and attacking his many legal justifications for an inhumane practice that doesn't even yield good intelligence.

None of the intelligence committee's seven Democrats has publicly backed Haspel because of concerns about her role in the now-defunct Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program former President George W. Bush authorized after the September 11 attacks.

In his letter to Haspel, which was seen by Reuters, Warner said the Central Intelligence Agency had not released enough unclassified information about "all of the leadership and supervisory positions you held at Central Intelligence Agency headquarters".

In an April 24 letter to Feinstein and other senators, Jaime Cheshire, the CIA's director of congressional affairs, said the agency is committed to providing a "complete picture" of Haspel's 33-year CIA career, including her time working in its counterterrorism center. Trump administration officials talked her out of it. "It's wonderful to watch the media disparage and attack women of real substance while they laud a woman who spends most of her time hanging off a pole half or completely naked". Senate Democrats have charged that they were "disturbed" by the classified information they were reading about Haspel.

Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and many rights groups who are critical of her activities related to the shredding of 92 interrogation videotapes in 2005 and her stint as chief of base at a covert detention site in Thailand where two detainees were waterboarded, which simulates drowning.

Using extreme interrogation techniques to pry information from detainees now is against the law, but some lawmakers worry that Trump will try to reinstate it and will get Haspel to go along.

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