Trump nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director refuses to condemn waterboarding

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Senator John McCain, one of the strongest critics of Trump's policies, said after Haspel's much-anticipated confirmation hearing on Wednesday that "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying". Right now, we have an administration led by a president who has expressed a clear interest in resuming the very "enhanced interrogation" techniques that Acting Director Haspel oversaw.

In an interview published on Wednesday by ProPublica, Mr. Rodriguez said he told Ms. Haspel that he was going to take matters into his own hands because he had concluded that the director at the time, Porter Goss, would never approve their destruction.

More than 100 former U.S. ambassadors have sent a letter to the Senate opposing Ms Haspel's appointment.

"I think we shouldn't reward somebody who participated in torture, really still has trouble saying and articulating that it is an immoral thing. and that really isn't who we are as a people", Paul said.

They claim that, were she given the job, authoritarian leaders around the world would be able to say America's behaviour is "no different from ours".

Ms Harris asked her: "Please answer the question".

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"The president has asserted that torture works".

Ms Haspel said: "No, it's not a yes".

Also on Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of OR, said he wanted to know more about an apparent discrepancy in how Ms. Haspel and Mr. Rodriguez have described their discussions about the tape destruction order.

Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Haspel at a staff meeting on Thursday when she made the comment, according to the two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

After joining the agency in 1985, she quickly discovered she had a "knack for the nuts and bolts" of the profession.

The Washington Post, long a champion of more strong women in positions of power, has editorialized against the confirmation of Gina Haspel, one of the strongest women in the lower-48, as Central Intelligence Agency chief.

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