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  • Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA director (trunc)

    05/17/2018 1:17:14 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2018 | jacob pramuk
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's divisive pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. The intelligence veteran will become the next CIA director and the first woman to lead the spy agency, despite concerns about her role at the CIA when it employed the "enhanced interrogation" program that used some tactics broadly considered torture. After controversy surrounding Haspel's qualifications, enough Democrats supported her to secure her confirmation. The chamber confirmed Haspel by a 54 to 45 vote. Six Democrats supported her, while two Republicans voted against her. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was tortured himself and...
  • Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

    05/17/2018 1:03:19 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 105 replies
    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to lead the spy agency despite the controversy surrounding her role in the waterboarding program.
  • Yes or No?

    05/17/2018 11:36:33 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-17-18 | John Velisek
    The incessant smear campaigns by the progressive socialists must stop. It is apparent that this is the weapon of choice among the leftists who inhabit the Deep State and the media. The fact that they act the way they do, venturing well outside the rule of law or even basic decency is nothing more than the fact that they feel morally superior and indispensable.  The morality of the past and the affirmation that people can disagree civilly is now gone. Any deviation from moving forward to make the world as they want it must be destroyed and any means are...
  • Confirmation vote for CIA chief brings out Democratic rift

    05/17/2018 6:59:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2018 7:18 AM | Lisa Mascaro
    The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. Haspel’s confirmation became all but certain with a favorable 10-5 vote Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yet the division in the Senate is set in large part by the election calendar, home-state geography and personal views — and it may define Democrats for years to come. On one side...
  • Flake comes out against Haspel's nomination to lead CIA

    05/16/2018 4:45:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) announced Wednesday he will oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel, President Trump's pick to lead the CIA, citing her ties to the controversial "enhanced interrogation" program used during the George W. Bush administration. "Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight. My questions about Ms. Haspel's role in the destruction of videotapes relevant to discussions occurring in Congress regarding the program have not been adequately answered," Flake said in a statement. Flake, a vocal critic of Trump who is set to retire after this year, is the third Republican senator to come out...
  • Gina Haspel, CIA pick, easily clears intel committee

    05/16/2018 7:19:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Gina Haspel passed her first Senate hurdle to becoming the first woman to lead the CIA, winning approval of the intelligence committee Wednesday morning. The 10-5 vote saw two Democrats join Republicans, including committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, who said she’ll be a capable and independent leader.
  • CIA pick Haspel picks up key Dem endorsements ahead of confirmation vote

    05/15/2018 12:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2018 | Brooke Singman
    President Trump’s pick to lead the CIA Gina Haspel picked up endorsements from key Democrats Tuesday ahead of a confirmation vote expected later this week. Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., both offered support to Haspel on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m going to support Gina Haspel’s nomination to be Director of the CIA. I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision,” Warner said in a statement on Tuesday, acknowledging that his endorsement was a “difficult decision” and citing “valid questions” raised throughout the process about Haspel’s history. Heitkamp also...
  • The Haspel Pick Breaks the Model

    05/14/2018 6:14:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/14/2018 | Ishmael Jones
    As a Trump supporter I’m always delighted to find the genius in Trump’s actions. Where’s the genius in picking Gina? Here it is: Gina may have done a great deal of sitting, but she did some of it in foreign countries. She showed an early interest in espionage in foreign lands, and has had multiple, successful foreign assignments. She has shown respect for acquiring foreign languages and skills. She's a trained reports officer -- a strict gatekeeper in the intelligence process. The phony Trump Dossier would never have gotten past her. Any reports officer would instantly recognize it as fake...
  • Donnelly announces support for Trump's CIA pick Gina Haspel

    05/12/2018 8:58:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2018 | John Bowden
    Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) has announced he will support President Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, increasing her chances of being confirmed. Donnelly said in a statement Saturday he believes that Haspel “has learned from the past, and that the CIA under her leadership can help our country confront serious international threats and challenges.” The Indiana Democrat also pointed to Haspel's backing from former CIA directors John Brennan, Michael Hayden and Leon Panetta in explaining his support for her. Donnelly is the second Democrat to endorse Haspel’s nomination, joining Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who backed her earlier this...
  • Joking about John McCain's death is our terrible new normal

    05/11/2018 9:36:36 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Cillizza
    On Thursday morning, a White House aide named Kelly Sadler joked about Arizona Sen. John McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel by noting that "he's dying anyway." It was the latest in a series of increasingly nasty comments about McCain: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called it "ridiculous" that McCain wasn't planning to invite President Donald Trump to his funeral while a retired general on Fox News on Thursday referred to a debunked conspiracy theory that McCain had informed on his comrades while a prisoner of war during Vietnam. There's no disputing the fact that McCain has terminal brain cancer...
  • White House official mocked 'dying' McCain after Haspel criticism, sources say

    05/10/2018 6:36:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 94 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/10/18 | Serafin Gómez, Samuel Chamberlain
    According to two White House sources, the staffer, Kelly Sadler, said of McCain, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway." White House sources said the joke at first elicited some nervous snickers. Afterward, though, the sources said many spoke to each other about being surprised by the "tasteless" remark. I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country & has devoted her professional life to its service & defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. https://t.co/ocDtdqU2Sx — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 10, 2018 Sadler's comments...
  • Moral Compass

    05/10/2018 4:18:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-10-18 | Wordsmith
    “My moral compass is strong, I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral even if it was technically legal -- I would absolutely not permit it.”-Gina HaspelGina Haspel, when asked at her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday about President Trump's previously stated idea that torture "absolutely works,":  "I don't believe that torture works." Later, Kamala Harris used her opportunity to question Haspel with a bit of grandstanding and moral posturing: https://www.youtube.com/embed/5DdyHtqCwF0"One question I've not heard you previously answer"?  Well....In one sense Haspel did answer it when the question was framed as "torture"; but Harris was smart...
  • Fox Business guest says torture ‘worked’ on 'Songbird' John McCain

    05/10/2018 12:52:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2018 | Erik Wemple
    During a discussion with host Charles Payne on Fox Business Network, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney was asked to opine on the criticism faced by Gina Haspel, who was grilled on Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee in her pursuit of confirmation for the top job at the CIA. Having played a role in the CIA’s interrogation/torture program during the 2000s, Haspel waffled a bit as Democratic senators pushed her on the morality of the methods, which are no longer in force. McInerney was riding with Trump on this one: “It’s very simple to me, Charles. If we...
  • Graham to vote yes on Haspel, despite McCain's call for senators to vote no

    05/10/2018 12:37:47 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    cnn ^ | 05/10/2018 | Daniella Diaz
    Washington (CNN)South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Thursday he would vote "yes" for Gina Haspel to be CIA director, bucking the request of one of his closest friends in Congress, Sen. John McCain, who opposes Haspel's nomination. "I intend to support Gina Haspel to serve as the first female Director of the CIA," Graham said in his statement. "Ms. Haspel has rejected the interrogation policies of the past. She is fully committed to following the law that prevents future abuses. This law, among others, includes the Detainee Treatment Act which I helped author. Gina Haspel should be confirmed as...
  • Senator (Reed) Asks CIA Nominee Gina Haspel: ‘Have You Ever Been Alone With the President?’

    05/10/2018 10:03:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 100 replies
    CNS ^ | 9 May 18 | CNS Staff
    Gina Haspel at her confirmation hearing to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. (Screen Capture) (CNSNews.com) - In her confirmation hearing on Wednesday in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) asked Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, whether she had ever been alone in a room with Trump. “You’ve been working with the administration now for fifteen months,” said Reed. “You have had the opportunity to brief the president. Have you ever been alone with the president?” “Senator,” Haspel responded, “I’m usually there with Senator [Dan] Coats...
  • Vanity - US Senate, confirm Ms. Gina Haspel to head the CIA...period!!!

    05/10/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by JLAGRAYFOX · 14 replies
    Simple no brainer here, any Senator that votes against the confirmation of Ms. Gina Haspel to head the CIA, belongs in GITMO for they are traitors and turncoats to the USA and the American people. I have notified both my Senators, Rubio & Nelson that they better vote for Haspel or I will do all I can to work to get them defeated. Rubio is no problem, he is a solid yes. Nelson is on the fence, but, he is frightened of losing his seat to Rick Scott (He will), so Nelson will indeed cast a yes vote to confirm...
  • Dem Senator Defends Opposition to Haspel by Saying It Was a ‘Mistake’ to Support Brennan

    05/10/2018 6:23:02 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    freebeacon ^ | May 9, 2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.) on Wednesday said it was a "mistake" to support John Brennan, former President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, when asked whether he and other Democrats are using a double standard in opposing Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for the same post. MSNBC host Katy Tur asked Heinrich during an interview whether he would vote for Haspel if she were an Obama nominee. "I would not," said Heinrich, prompting Tur to push back. "Then why did you vote yes for John Brennan for CIA director back in 2013? This is one of the Republicans'...
  • John McCain calls on Senate to reject CIA nominee Gina Haspel

    05/09/2018 9:23:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 98 replies
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2018 | Sophie Tatum
    Sen. John McCain called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to be the director of the CIA, citing her refusal in testimony on Wednesday to acknowledge "torture's immorality." "I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense," the Arizona Republican said in a statement Wednesday evening. "However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination," his...
  • McCain urges Senate to reject Haspel’s nomination

    05/09/2018 8:03:57 PM PDT · by libh8er · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/09/2018 | BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN AND BRETT SAMUELS
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came out against Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, on Wednesday after her confirmation hearing in the Senate. In a break with President Trump, McCain urged his Senate colleagues to vote against Haspel, charging that "her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying." McCain said Haspel in speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to address his concerns about her role in an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration. The methods used in that program are now widely regarded as torture. Haspel cannot afford to lose any additional Republican support....
  • Gina Haspel is the Right Spook at the Right Time for the Job of CIA Director

    05/09/2018 10:14:59 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-09-18 | Wordsmith
    “And if they don’t want to do, that’s fine. If they do want to do, then I will work toward that end. I want to do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely, I feel it works,” - President Trump Gina Haspel is probably in for a fight. But I believe she will achieve confirmation. Why? Because after all the partisan hysteria is said and done, she appears to be the most qualified candidate to lead the CIA forward; and the one who really should have the most...