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  • 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...
  • 9/11 Planner, Tortured by C.I.A., Asks to Tell Senators About Gina Haspel

    05/08/2018 3:21:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 82 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2018 | Charlie Savage
    President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the C.I.A. has revived debate over the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program and still-murky questions about her involvement. Now, on the eve of her Senate confirmation hearing, a striking voice is trying to join that fray: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Mr. Mohammed, the principal architect of the Sept. 11 attacks, was captured in March 2003 and tortured by the C.I.A. This week, he asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share six paragraphs of information about Ms. Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Ms. Haspel ran a black-site prison in...
  • Gina Haspel: Full Steam Ahead

    05/07/2018 12:14:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    After weekend reports that President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, was considering withdrawing her name from consideration, Jeremy Bash flatly refuted those talking points on Kasie DC. He had a pretty decent source on the subject, too. It was Ms. Haspel herself. Bash told viewers at he had just got off the phone with Haspel and that she was "full steam ahead" and will be at her confirmation hearing Wednesday morning. Furthermore, on the call she emphasized that her lengthy career of more than 30 years and seven overseas tours provided her with the key experience needed for...
  • White House steps up efforts to confirm CIA director (Gina Haspel)

    05/06/2018 7:01:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 6, 2018 | Katie Bo Williams and Olivia Beavers
    The White House is ramping up an 11th-hour effort to build support for President Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, just days before she is scheduled to face a grilling from the Senate Intelligence Committee over her role in the agency’s controversial detention and interrogation program. For weeks, the CIA has led the charge on promoting now-deputy director Gina Haspel—a forward-leaning PR campaign that some critics have said is inappropriate for the clandestine agency. Only late last week did the White House stand up the kind of broad-based press campaign typical of other high-stakes nominations, issuing a swath of laudatory...
  • Probe cleared Haspel in destruction of waterboarding tapes

    04/20/2018 6:00:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | April 20, 2018 | Deb Richman
    WASHINGTON – Countering resistance to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, the spy agency gave lawmakers a declassified memo Friday showing she was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11. Gina Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and rights groups critical of her activities related to the shredding of 92 videotapes in 2005 and her overall role in the CIA's harsh interrogation program, which critics have portrayed as one of the shadiest chapters in the agency's history. Friday's release, however, did not satisfy opponents who want to know...
  • John McCain was tortured as a POW. Will he help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?

    04/20/2018 1:42:22 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 50 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2018 | Chris Megerian
    Activists seeking to derail President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA are looking to Sen. John McCain to cast the deciding vote against her — assuming he is well enough to return to Washington. The 81-year-old Republican was diagnosed with brain cancer in July and last cast a vote in the Senate on early December before he returned home to Arizona for treatment. He underwent surgery in Phoenix for an intestinal infection on April 15. Haspel's critics are counting on McCain to speak out against her nomination, even if he can't cast a vote on the Senate...
  • Dems Go after Gina Haspel with the “Torture” Smear

    03/22/2018 10:26:04 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    Front Page ^ | March 22, 2018 | Bruce Thornton
    Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to succeed Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA, is a thirty-year veteran of the agency, one well respected by intelligence professionals from both parties. If confirmed, she will be the first woman to run our most important security agency. But despite this feminist victory, the Dems are likely to muddy the waters at her confirmation hearings by smearing her with allegations she oversaw “torture” at a black site in Thailand in 2002. Typical of what we can expect is the New York Times editorial titled, “Having a Torturer Lead the CIA,” even as the charge...
  • “Bloody” Gina: Trump’s Nominee for CIA Director

    03/19/2018 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-19-18 | Wordsmith
    “We did call her Bloody Gina. Gina was always very quick and very willing to use force. Gina and people like Gina did it, I think, because they enjoyed doing it. They tortured just for the sake of torture, not for the sake of gathering information.”-John Kirakou I would take anything John Kirakou says with a grain from the salt pit.  I question his credibility. What does anyone really know about Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to be the next director of the CIA? Not a heck of a lot. So far what we have is media and ideology-driven hysteria:...
  • Trump’s CIA Pick is the Great Feminist Moment the Left Hates - Greenfield

    03/16/2018 6:30:25 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 9 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 3/16/18 | Greenfield
    Trump’s CIA Pick is the Great Feminist Moment the Left Hates Does real feminism look like Linda Sarsour, Hillary Clinton or the first female CIA head? March 16, 2018 Daniel Greenfield Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism. “2018 will be the year of women,” CNN declared last year. What was the greatest achievement of women in ’17 and ’18? Ask the media and they’ll tell you that it’s Hillary Clinton running on her husband’s name and losing an election before blaming it...
  • ProPublica issues major correction to report about Gina Haspel’s role in torture program

    03/16/2018 1:48:03 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 15, 2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    ProPublica has issued a correction for mistakenly saying in an article that Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, was involved with the treatment a terror suspect and falsely stated she mocked the suspect. Although Haspel, who has been with the CIA since 1985, was in charge of a covert CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were subject to waterboarding and other interrogation methods in 2002, the ProPublica story falsely stated she was directly involved with the torture of a prisoner by the name of Abu Zubaydah. Zubaydah was waterboarded at the CIA prison on 83 occasions. “It...
  • Does Rand Paul Owe Gina Haspel an Apology?

    03/16/2018 12:22:10 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 125 replies
    NRO ^ | 14 March 2018 | Rich Lowery
    Rand Paul launched a typically obnoxious attack on Gina Haspel today. Here is one account: “To really appoint the head cheerleader for waterboarding to be head of the CIA? How can you trust somebody who did that to be in charge of the CIA,” Paul wondered, adding, “To read of her glee during the waterboarding is just absolutely appalling.” Paul was referring to an account of a waterboarding session with suspected al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques now widely considered to be torture. ., . The problem is that this conduct appears to...
  • Trump’s CIA Nominee Under Fire for “Torture”

    03/14/2018 2:52:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 14, 2018 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let’s turn to the nomination of Gina Haspel. Gina Haspel has been chosen by Trump to be the director of the CIA. She’s been the deputy director for a number of years, and the way the CIA and the Department of Justice in many ways… The way they’re structured is that the deputy… At the CIA especially, the deputy is the day-to-day operations director. There is a director of operations, but the deputy director is generally the lifer who has reams and reams of CIA experience in the field, at Langley, and basically is in the know of pretty...
  • RAND’S STAND: Sen. Paul VOWS to BLOCK Trump’s Picks for State Dept., CIA

    03/14/2018 11:20:42 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 47 replies
    Hannity ^ | March 14, 2018 | Hannity Staff
    GOP Senator Rand Paul publicly announced his total opposition to President Trump’s nominees to head the State Department and the CIA on Wednesday; saying he’s “going to do everything” he can to block them from office. According to Politico, the outspoken Senator revealed his intentions while speaking with reporters at the US Capitol, saying people “complain sometimes about the filibuster” but added he plans to use the procedural maneuver to derail the nomination process. “People complain sometimes about the filibuster, they complain about trying to obstruct… “I’m going to do everything I can to block them,” said Paul. “I’m perplexed...
  • Gina Haspel is a great choice for CIA director

    03/13/2018 3:56:40 PM PDT · by Signalman · 31 replies
    Wash. Examiner ^ | 3/13/2018 | Tom Rogan
    Don't listen to those (like this CNN editorial masquerading as reporting) complaining that she was too tough on terrorists. Gina Haspel is a great choice to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director. First off, she knows the nuts and bolts of human intelligence from the inside out. As a career CIA officer in the agency’s operations (or spying) arm, Haspel spent the early part of her career recruiting agents in the field to give their secrets to the U.S. But after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Haspel played a supervisory role at a CIA black site in Thailand and...
  • McCain: Trump’s CIA pick was involved in ‘one of the darkest chapters in American history’

    03/13/2018 1:45:11 PM PDT · by detective · 145 replies
    MSN News ^ | 3/13/2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday condemned President Trump's decision to nominate Gina Haspel to become the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), saying she was involved in "one of darkest chapters in American history." While he expressed confidence in current CIA Director Mike Pompeo's ability to serve as secretary of State, an appointment Trump announced earlier Tuesday, McCain said in a statement that Haspel needs to explain her stance on torture. "The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history," McCain said. "Ms. Haspel needs to explain...
  • Donald Trump Names Gina Haspel as First Woman Head Of CIA

    03/13/2018 6:21:35 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 108 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 13, 2018
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday named Gina Haspel as the first woman head of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Trump also replaced US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo.