Senate should confirm Gina Haspel

Green Beret and former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy waterboarded himself on Saturday in support of President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director and to prove the controversial interrogation method which he called

Green Beret and former UFC fighter Tim Kennedy waterboarded himself on Saturday in support of President Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director and to prove the controversial interrogation method which he called"a baptism in freedom"

An aide for the Senate Intelligence Committee said the panel will vote on Gina Haspel's nomination on Wednesday. Many Democrat senators were against Haspel's appointment as she failed to answer questions pertaining to the enhanced interrogation program during the Bush administration.

So far, we know of only two Democrats voting for Haspel - Sens.

"I don't believe that torture works", Haspel said in reply to Democratic California Senator Kamala Harris, who asked if the Central Intelligence Agency nominee agrees with Donald Trump's statement where he "asserted that torture works".

"I supported it [waterboarding] and I do to this day and I'm prepared to defend it, debate it and argue it", he confessed, before later adding he "would do it again".


Under a tough grilling last week, Haspel pledged she would not restart the waterboarding program, even if pressured by President Trump - who has supported bringing back waterboarding or something worse. Both Manchin and Donnelly are up for reelection in 2018 and represent states won by President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at U.S. embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE in 2016. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is not expected because he is home battling cancer.

Cheney still doesn't consider waterboarding illegal or torture. It was President Obama who decided that John Brennan, Jose Rodriguez, Gina Haspel and others involved in the torture program should not face prosecution. According to Haspel, she categorically against the resumption of this program. "I would have them lively and able to go, and I would return and examine them and study".

Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, announced his opposition to Haspel, although he had previously voted for Mike Pompeo to head the CIA (with Haspel as his deputy director, giving her day-to-day control over the agency).

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