Haspel wins backing of Senate panel for Central Intelligence Agency post

The Latest Haspel wins backing of Senate panel for CIA post

Nelson, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he met with Haspel Tuesday afternoon to discuss her nomination.

During her confirmation hearing last week, Haspel said she wouldn't restart the interrogation program. The committee's eight Republicans were joined by Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

"Gina Haspel has dedicated her life to serving her country and the courageous men and women who work at the Central Intelligence Agency deserve a career professional, like her, to lead them", Nelson said.

President Donald Trump's pick to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency has toughened her public stance against harsh interrogation. Four Democrats and one Independent voted against Haspel, including: Sens.

The vote for Haspel is shaping up to be similar to last month's tally for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed with the backing of six Democrats from states Trump won in 2016, five of whom are up for re-election this year.

She ran a black-site prison in Thailand where a high-level terrorist was detained and tortured in 2002.

Italy's populists aim to challenge European Union on debt and migrants
The draft accord is likely to cause concern in Brussels and at European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. In particular, it had been decided "not to call into question the single currency", they said.

"While her career has been impressive, Ms. Haspel's role in programs that conducted torture is very troubling; her refusal to acknowledge the immorality of such conduct even today with the benefit of hindsight is even more so and reflects poorly on our nation's reputation as a moral leader in the world".

Two Republicans, Sens. 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 four Democrats supporting Haspel are: Warner, Manchin, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

"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", Mr. Warner said. Trump has said in the past that "torture works" and that he would consider using it again. Nearly all Senate Republicans are likely to vote for Haspel.

"I do not support use of enhanced interrogation techniques for any objective", Haspel wrote.

A letter from more than 100 former US ambassadors said Haspel's confirmation would undermine diplomatic efforts to discourage torture by tyrants in other countries.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Symantec warns of more malicious apps on Android
It is based on a recent report that claimed the American tech giant Google harvests large amounts of data from Android devices. Oracle is also reported to have suggested to the ACCC that Google could also be accessing location data from the handsets.

AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) Shares are -22.26% YTD, What's Next?
A company that manages their assets well will have a high return, while if manages their assets poorly will have a low return. In terms of Buy, Sell or Hold recommendations, AK Steel Holding Corp ( NYSE : AKS ) has analysts' mean recommendation of 2.8.

PM Abbasi accepts Turkish PM's invitation to participate in OIC Summit
The meeting will take place on May 18, government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag announced. Yildirim noted that Turkey sharply condemns Israel's actions directed against Palestinians.

AI-powered Google News app now available on iOS App Store
Google said last week that it plans to offer over 1,0000 magazine titles you can follow by tapping a star icon or subscribing to. In the app, the " For You " tab houses a rundown of stories that Google thinks you'll be interested in.

BSNL rolls out Rs 118 prepaid plan to take on Reliance Jio
And of course, once the limits are exhausted, the customers will be charged at the standard rates (10 paise per minute). Other telecom companies like Airtel and Idea Cellular are also offering some similar plans of Rs 99 and Rs 109.

Man United Told They Could Sign Key Midfield Target For €60m
According to a close friend, the player's preference is to move to England, with no approach to date from Paris Saint-Germain. I made it clear that it's my moment. "The club are reluctant to release [me]".

Tencent blows past estimates as WeChat, games drive growth
Smartphone games revenues alone were up 68 percent year-on-year to 21.7 billion yuan, thanks to titles such as "Honour of Kings". Meanwhile, Tencent's overall online advertising business achieved 55 per cent year-on-year growth in revenues.

Kristen Stewart flouts footwear ban at Cannes Film Festival
But, as it started to rain, Kristen headed toward the stairs removing her heels in order to get there a little quicker. Does he have to wear heels?' It can work both ways. "That's my point of view".

Novartis top lawyer quits over Cohen payments
Novartis said its general counsel, Felix Ehrat, had chose to retire from his position in the "context of discussions" surrounding the payments to Cohen.

Athletics' Piscotty homers in first at-bat since mother's funeral
The gesture was a tribute to his mother, Gretchen Piscotty, who passed away on May 6 after battling ALS for almost one year. Athletics: To make room on the roster for Piscotty, Oakland optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

Karnataka Voters Set New Record, 72.13% Exercise Franchise In Assembly Election
The Police have also banned celebrations, processions and bursting of crackers around the 38 counting centers in the state. It was 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004, 69 per cent in the 1989 and 1994 and 69 per cent in the 1990 elections, he said.

Resumes stacking up for much-coveted NY Attorney General job
It's up to the state Legislature, however, to pick someone to fill out Schneiderman's term, which expires at the end of the year. Barclay is one of two Republicans on the panel, which is controlled by Democrats because they hold the majority in the Assembly.

Microsoft's Windows 10 April Update doesn't play nice with Toshiba SSDs either
The obvious solution to fix this problem is to simply uninstall the updates while waiting for Microsoft to release a hotfix. Windows 10 Nearby Share uses Bluetooth to detect nearby devices and shares content using WiFi or Bluetooth.

WWE Announces Ronda Rousey's UK In-Ring Debut For August
Current NXT Women's Champion Shayna BaszlerWhat's the story? After all, we were all expecting Ronda Rousey vs Mickie James. This will be Rousey's first time performing in the United Kingdom as a WWE Superstar.

Relegated Ajax Cape Town off to court
The scheduled fixture in Thohoyandou on Wednesday, 16 May between Black Leopards and Platinum Stars will go ahead. Ajax will now seek an urgent court interdict to stop the relegation/promotion playoffs from taking place.

Other news