She struggled to say, though, whether it was immoral, even today. On Wednesday, she testified publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee and addressed key questions about the CIA and torture. She emphasized repeatedly that the techniques had been authorized by the US government's highest legal authorities and by President George W. Bush. "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!"
"If it were my call, I would not discontinue those programs", Cheney said of the George W. Bush administration's controversial use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks during an appearance on the Fox Business network on Thursday.
I am glad that I didn't have to participate in the interrogation program - I was involved in Russian and Balkan issues at the time. She said that she never saw the videos and was not depicted on them, but that the destruction was important at the time to protect the Central Intelligence Agency personnel showed on the tapes from being targeted by militants.
Unless Haspel can convincingly condemn the use of torture, she should not be confirmed, because her ascension would put our nation's stamp of acceptance on behavior it must condemn.
During another high-profile confirmation fight, Trump's last-minute overture to Paul helped pave the way for Mike Pompeo to win his job as secretary of state. "Senators should block this nomination". Her role there is still mostly classified, and protesters interrupted the hearing by chanting "Bloody Gina" and "Don't reward torture". Angus King of ME and Democratic Sens. No Democrat has yet expressed support. "It was not her decision to destroy the tapes; it was Mr. Rodriguez's". Both senators questioned her during Wednesday's hearing.
"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.
Other Democrats are weighing their votes.
Next, there is a gaping chasm between supporting "women's empowerment" and supporting every policy or position any woman takes, just because she is a woman.
Warner also said he would want Haspel's commitment to cooperate in investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election. Haspel has even won the backing of John Brennan, CIA director under Obama and an outspoken critic of Trump. Torture is not only illegal and immoral, it's also ineffective.
Haspel said the United States needs to do more to address China's "overt and illicit efforts to steal" US technology.
Haspel could face a hard time being confirmed. For a "Democrat who claims to support women's empowerment" to nonetheless oppose Haspel, a woman, is at worst partisan, but at best principled.
A 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee investigation concluded that these methods were 'not an effective way of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee cooperation'. The documents are classified.
Another extraordinary attack against McCain by a fellow military veteran and commentator also stunned much of Washington Thursday, when retired US Air Force lieutenant general Thomas McInerney said he knows torture works because it made McCain spill sensitive information to his captors during almost six years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.