Rand Paul promises to block all Trump nominees

61-year-old Gina Haspel would become the first female head of the CIA. She’s described by colleagues as a seasoned veteran with 30-plus years of intelligence experience who would lead the agency with integrity

Despite incorrect reporting about one detainee's torture, Haspel was still involved in the torture program and was chief of the Thailand base when another detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected mastermind of the USS Cole attack, was waterboarded, according to the New York Times. "There's enough votes she'll eventually win".

"Would I approve waterboarding?"

Bradley Lewis, a professor of moral philosophy at The Catholic University of America, said the vast majority of Catholic thinkers hold, as he does, that waterboarding is a form of torture.

Graham dismissed concerns about Haspel's role in the torture of detainees, saying he will be satisfied if she expresses during her confirmation hearings an understanding that waterboarding is no longer an authorized interrogation technique.

ProPublica initially reported on February 22, 2017-after Haspel was nominated to be CIA Deputy Director-that she oversaw the "black site" base in Thailand when Zubaydah, a suspected leader of the terror group al Qaeda, was waterboarded, and it also said she mocked his suffering.

Msgr. Swetland said some other enhanced interrogation techniques, such as sleep deprivation, noise and confinement, may or may not be torture, "depending on how they were administered".

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that "torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity".

Mr. Pompeo served in the U.S. Army for six years and during the Gulf War. "My sense is that irrespective of the vote in committee, it will be brought to the floor for the whole body to weigh in".

A black site is a secret prison used by the CIA to interrogate subjects for the objective of obtaining intelligence. I knew right then I had no future as a torturer, though I often get reader feedback that informs me of the contrary. Kiriakou asked, "Was it moral, and was it ethical, and was it legal?"

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On Sunday, Paul continued his stance, maintaining that he will "try to make a point to the American people" with his opposition to Haspel. This is a particularly pressing concern given that the president has expressed support for torture in intelligence gathering.

After President Barack Obama's election, the torture program was dismantled, but those who authorized it, those who oversaw it and the torturers themselves all avoided prosecution.

Paul's vow came after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is not urging his party members to actively oppose the nominations. She was in the career trainee class prior to mine, as I understand.

"Torture is always and everywhere wrong", Msgr. We have a number of laws in Europe, and we used these laws in the last 15 years to file numerous criminal complaints in numerous jurisdictions against the torturers of the USA ... the interesting result of our network's legal work is that the torturers of the USA are not untouchable anymore.

Haspel was named deputy Central Intelligence Agency director in February 2017, prompting the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights to ask German prosecutors to issue a warrant for her arrest because of her role in the interrogations, which puts her at risk of being arrested when she travels overseas.

"Mitchell's book ... referred to the chief of base in Thailand as both "he" and "she".

A previous version of this article has been edited to reflect a correction issued on March 17 by ProPublica which stated they had inaccurately described Gina Haspel's role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah. Many legislators have said they are happy with his work at the agency, and expect he will be confirmed as the United States' top diplomat.

"Senator Paul's claims today about Gina Haspel are not only inaccurate, but contradicted by the very source materials he relied on".

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