Confirmation vote for Central Intelligence Agency nominee exposes Democratic rift

Flake Announces He Is Opposing Haspel's Nomination

Gina Haspel, CIA pick, easily clears intel committee

Several Democrats and the Senate Intelligence Committee have approved Gina Haspel for a confirmation as CIA director.

The Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to forward her nomination to the entire Senate, virtually assuring that she will earn final approval to lead the USA spy agency, replacing Mike Pompeo, who is now Secretary of State.

"She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future", he said.

Two of the committee's seven Democrats have said they are supporting Haspel, including Virginia's Sen.

Six Democrats, however, were heartened by her pledge to never restart harsh interrogation programs, even if Trump requested.

The Senate intelligence committee voted 10-5 on Wednesday to recommend the full Senate confirm Haspel. He cited a new letter in which she said that the agency shouldn't have undertaken a post-9/11 antiterrorism program that many critics say amounted to torture. "Most importantly, I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture".

Last weekend, Joe Donnelly became the second Democrat to announce he'd vote for Haspel, now the agency's deputy director.

If confirmed, Haspel would be the CIA's first female director. We need someone like Haspel who doesn't play the game because she understands just how awful the price can be.

Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona, are opposed to Haspel's nomination, and McCain isn't expected to be back in Washington for the vote while he battles brain cancer.

The 100-seat US Senate is narrowly divided, with the Republicans holding 51 seats and the Democrats, 47, with two independent members voting with the minority.

Haspel supervised one of the covert detention sites in Thailand where suspects were harshly interrogated.

She has promised Congress she would not initiate any new detention or interrogation programs as Central Intelligence Agency director and penned a letter to Warner that said the Central Intelligence Agency should not have undertaken the interrogation program, which many have deemed tantamount to torture.

American bourgeois "democracy" has been reduced, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus that operates outside of any legal restraints.

Jeff Flake of Arizona, announced his opposition to Haspel.

Staberock also said that when Haspel goes around the world, she will have "zero authority" to speak against abuse and torture in other countries.

Beavers said senators are making a political miscalculation if they give their support to confirm a nominee "who has helped carry out torture".

In an interview, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the USA that torture is not a crime".

Haspel had strong support from former CIA directors who served in Democratic and Republican administrations, including John Brennan, who lead the agency during the Obama administration.

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