Past use of torture should disqualify Central Intelligence Agency director nominee

Gina Haspel

In our political climate, the impulse to ostracize and demonize opponents prompts some to label McCain and King as "pro-terrorist" or "anti-CIA" or simply "anti-Trump".

The White House official who mocked "dying" John McCain at an internal meeting on Thursday, called the Arizona Senator's daughter Meghan McCain to apologize later that day. "My father's legacy is going to be talked about for hundreds and hundreds of years", she said.

He voiced his opposition to Haspel, saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying".

On Wednesday, the controversial but widely respected long-time veteran of the CIA's clandestine service batted back allegations of torture and promised members of the Senate Intelligence committee that she would fight any effort to reimpose post-9/11 interrogation practices if confirmed. "...we're supposed to be this shining beacon to the world that we're above that, that we believe in the presumption of innocence that we believe in trials...."

McCain is not expected to return to Washington to cast a vote on her nomination. McCain was tortured during his captivity at the hands of the North Vietnamese. Amid several disruptions by protesters branding her a "torturer", Haspel, 61, calmly made the case to skeptical Democrats that she is the right person to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, after previous director Mike Pompeo was moved by Trump to be secretary of state.

However, according to media reports, the position of McCain's candidacy Haspel can affect voting, and to deny its support among Republicans and among Democrats.

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Senator Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, has made his support for Haspel well known, stating that he has "found Gina Haspel to be a person of great character".

For some of us, the act of torture as an interrogation technique presents a most hard conundrum.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked", the 81-year-old senator said in a statement.

"It is not my way to trumpet the fact that I'm a woman up for the top job at CIA", Haspel said, "but I would be remiss in not remarking on".

Sen. McCain, a Navy pilot who was beaten in captivity during the Vietnam War, has urged his fellow senators to reject Haspel. He said: "'If you have something to say... well, say it briefly and then leave.' Well, I had my comment prepared very briefly, I said it... but oh my God!"

Trump ridiculed McCain's capture, saying he wasn't a war hero because he was captured. However, the President of trump insists on the approval by the Congress, its candidate.

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