The nomination of Gina Haspel to be the next CIA director has been teetering on the edge since it was announced because the Republican margin is so slim in the Senate and at least John McCain and Rand Paul seem unlikely to vote for her. So she’s now taken to promising senators that if she gets confirmed, she won’t restart the rendition, secret prison and torture regime that she helped create and helped cover up.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice for CIA chief is privately assuring senators that she will not reinstitute a detention and interrogation program and will make the pledge publicly at her May 9 confirmation hearing, two sources said on Friday.
Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel plans to give the commitment in her “opening statement and she has been telling members that as well,” a congressional aide told Reuters on condition of anonymity…
An administration official confirmed that Haspel has been pledging in private interviews with senators that she will never allow the CIA to revive a detention and interrogation program.
She also is telling them that all U.S. government agencies involved in interrogations should observe the standards set in a U.S. Army field manual on interrogations, said the administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Really? And we’re supposed to believe that? What if Trump orders it? He practically fondles himself at the thought of torturing people. Over and over again during the campaign he spoke in the most lurid and horrible terms about wanting to restart not only waterboarding but much worse things than that, which he said he believed were effective in gaining intelligence. And Haspel herself has claimed torture works too. So could anyone really believe that she would refuse an order from the president to bring back torture — if it was ever really ended, about which I have serious doubts — as a means of interrogation? You’d have to be spectacularly naive to believe that.