Baldwin votes against Central Intelligence Agency nominee Haspel

Haspel Confirmed As CIA's First Female Director

Haspel Confirmed As CIA's First Female Director

The sergeant-at-arms was instructed to remove a protester from the Senate chamber on Thursday afternoon, shortly before the vote to confirm Gina Haspel to be Central Intelligence Agency director. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Her specific role in the program remains classified.

Haspel received robust backing from former intelligence, diplomatic, military and national security officials. The report said that while at the black site in Thailand in 2002, Zubaydah was subjected to the controversial practice of waterboarding 83 times and to other "stress" techniques such as being slammed against walls, deprived of sleep and placed in a coffin-sized box for up to 226 hours. Sen.

"The Senate has just confirmed that it will tolerate rot at our government's core by elevating someone linked to those atrocities to now lead the US intelligence agency", Daphne Eviatar, director of security with human rights at Amnesty International USA, said in a statement on Thursday.

At her confirmation hearing, Ms. Haspel said she would obey current law and vowed never to restart a detention and interrogation program like the one she was involved in more than a decade ago.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, which oversaw the nomination, supported Haspel.

"There is no greater or more hard task than protecting the safety and security of families of our great nation, and for that I am extremely grateful to every member of our intelligence community, including Ms. Haspel, who has spent decades in public service", said Senator Patty Murray in a statement following the vote. More than 100 former US ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say USA behavior is "no different from ours".


Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a floor speech that Haspel "offered up nearly the classic Washington nonapology". "I need to have confidence that the person running it has the instincts and judgment to make decisions in line with our country's moral compass", McCaskill said, explaining her vote. John McCain, R-Ariz., it meant that Haspel needed Democratic votes to assure her confirmation. She did not say it is.

But in the days leading up to Thursday's vote, she picked up Democratic support, particularly from those in tough midterm re-election fights. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Sen. Many Democrats have expressed concern about Haspel's nomination.

The nomination came under fire for Haspel's past ties to the CIA's former rendition, detention and interrogation activities, carried out in the years following the September 11 attacks, with the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, now widely considered torture.

After the vote, human-rights groups quickly issued statements denouncing the confirmation and the now-defunct program.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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