15 May, 2018
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Wednesday that the USA should restart the enhanced interrogation practices used on terror suspects after 9/11, adding that Senate should confirm Central Intelligence Agency nominee Gina Haspel.
Brutal interrogation practices are now banned under United States law, but debate on the issue has re-surfaced during Haspel's confirmation process because she was once involved in the CIA's interrogation program.
Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel said that the controversial methods that sought to gain information from terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks "did damage to our officers and our standing in the world".
Haspel played an integral role in the CIA's program, both as a senior leader in the agency's Counterterrorism Center and a supervisor of a secret facility in Thailand.
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She needs only 50 votes but Republicans enjoy just a slim 51-49 majority in the chamber. But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program.
"She's (Haspel) is very highly regarded within the intelligence community" Heitkamp said. But Rodriguez said in a recent interview with ProPublica that he told Haspel ahead of time that he meant to issue the order on his own, without informing Goss first.
"I have seen the classified material, which I of course can't get into, but there are other holes in the story beyond the fact that her former boss has publicly contradicted her", Wyden said in an interview Monday. I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision.
McCain's move, in turn, prompted an embarrassment for the Trump administration when a White House aide at a private meeting jokingly dismissed the senator's opposition because "he's dying anyway". "And we hope that the Senate takes it upon themselves to confirm her".