Human rights groups decry confirmation of Haspel

Human rights groups decry confirmation of Haspel

Human rights groups decry confirmation of Haspel

Though the Democrats and their allies raised the alarm against Gina Haspel's nomination to the office of CIA Director, the veteran agency officer was confirmed in the post today by a vote of 51-43 according to the CBC - earning the votes of some Democrats who differed in opinion with the wider party position.

It must be noted that several Democrats from Republican-controlled states did NOT vote for Haspel, notably Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Doug Jones of Alabama.

Number two Senate Republican John Cornyn said Haspel is well-liked within the CIA and will provide "objective, unbiased, and unvarnished intelligence" to the president and policymakers.

"The bottom line is this: No one has ever been held accountable for the torture program, and I do not believe those who were intimately involved in it deserve to lead the agency", Feinstein said before casting her vote against Haspel.

She has won praise from Washington insiders - including Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, but faced tough questions on the Hill about her connection to sites where waterboarding took place. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and Sen.


Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the world was watching the confirmation vote, which he called a "referendum on torture".

"Gina Haspel has openly acknowledged that, as the Acting CIA Director, she is making the decisions about what gets declassified about herself and what does not". Haspel now has more than enough support to win confirmation, as Warner was one of three Democrats to announce Tuesday that they were voting for her, bringing the total to five.

This comes one day after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to push her confirmation to the full Senate for debate. Her reported oversight, in 2002, of a secret "black site" in Thailand - where detainees were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding - generated widespread controversy and ardent condemnation from civil rights groups. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) were the only Republicans to vote against Haspel, while Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN and Sen.

Haspel was most recently the deputy director of the CIA, and has served in the spy agency for 33 years. Bill Nelson in Florida.

"Amnesty International will continue to work to ensure that the Central Intelligence Agency never revives its illegal torture programme, and doesn't outsource abusive interrogations to others either". John McCain that Haspel's record and perspective on torture are disqualifying. Haspel also received the support of the editorial boards of New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Weekly Standard.

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