Haspel was also asked during the May 9 confirmation hearing about her role in the agency's controversial decision to destroy video recordings of CIA interrogations.
It was this line of questioning, among other things, that Haspel reportedly had in mind when she attempted to withdraw her nomination to the post of C.I.A. director, which has been steeped in controversy. But Haspel refused to condemn the 2002-2005 programme, during which scores of al-Qaeda suspects were captured, whisked to "black sites" at secret locations around the world, and subjected to brutal interrogations that for some included repeated waterboarding.
"I intend to vote against her as the nominee", the California Democrat said on "The Lead with Jake Tapper".
Even on the matter of whether torture had been effective, Haspel dissembled, at one point answering, "I don't think torture works", only to later add that it was impossible to know whether interrogation techniques played a role in gathering valuable information from al-Qaeda operatives. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has questioned Haspel's interrogation techniques and is getting hit hard for that take by an ad running in his hometown of Bowling Green. I spoke to Republicans and Democrats.
Ms. Haspel is right that before the enhanced interrogation program was created in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, C.I.A. interrogations usually entailed a conversation or polygraph exam with potential informants or defectors. "The CIA wants her to lead them into America's bright and glorious future!" Correspondents say she was known for her harsh views. Pressed over whether she would resume an interrogation programme, and allow torture, if ordered by Trump, she said she would not.
"The official said Ms. Haspel seemed completely comfortable with what was being done to the prisoners". Trump has said in the past that he believes torture is effective and would consider reviving its use.
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"This is a unsafe time for America, and our Central Intelligence Agency director should be willing to do what it takes to protect our nation, our citizens and our freedoms", Vukmir said in a press release. "My parents gave me a very strong moral compass", she said early on.
After joining the agency in 1985, she quickly discovered she had a "knack for the nuts and bolts" of the profession.
"Senator, I - I don't believe that torture works", Haspel said, before suggesting that it might have worked in the aftermath of 9/11.
Nearly more alarming than Haspel's past are the attempts by the C.I.A. and the White House to fold the legacies of Bush-era programs back into the mechanisms of mainstream governance: to present them as patriotism that went too far; necessary transgressions that are inconveniently condemned by worldwide law.
"It was the beginning of an adventure I had only dreamed of".
Both Rodriguez in his memoir and Haspel during the hearing cited the risk to agents' safety as the reason for ordering the tapes destroyed.
"You have the unique experience one only gains from growing up in the CIA", said Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. From all accounts - including her own Wednesday morning - she's been the consummate spy, having clandestinely collected intelligence in back alleys and dead drops in unspecified countries, then rising up the ladder at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Imagine the meltdown that's going to happen when the first woman president is a Republican-and it will be a Republican woman.