Senate panel OK's Haspel for Central Intelligence Agency head

18 May, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Wade Massey
  • CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

Flake said in a statement Wednesday that while he appreciates Haspel's 30-year career at the CIA, the United States needs to turn the page on the spy agency's former program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate to run the CIA Thursday, despite some lingering concerns over her role in the use of torture techniques while acting as station chief in Thailand.

"Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The Senate approved her with a 54-45 vote Thursday afternoon. "She has acted morally, ethically, and legally, over a distinguished 30-year career and is the right person to lead the Agency into an uncertain and challenging future".

Haspel, a 61-year-old Kentucky native, had strong support from her colleagues in the Central Intelligence Agency, who praised her service on unsafe assignments around the world.

The senator has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has been an ally of McCain, who urged his colleagues recently to reject Haspel's nomination.

Kushner Companies nearing bailout deal with Qatar-linked firm
The building at 666 Fifth Avenue, owned by Kushner Companies, rises above pedestrians in New York, NY, U.S., March 30, 2017. And, as the New York Times reports, the company working to bail out Kushner Companies is linked to the Qatar government.


South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel after killing of protesters
"The most unsafe place today for Jewish people - not to speak for Palestinians, but even for Jews - is in the state of Israel ", Beck said.


Mark Zuckerberg to face European Union lawmakers in private
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before the EU Parliament in a move that has upset British MPs. He had refused to appear before the committee last month, citing the ongoing investigation into the firm.


Baldwin's Republican counterpart, Sen.

But Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren insisted Haspel's past connection to practices now widely seen as torture should sound the alarm bell. More than 100 former USA 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 US behavior is "no different from ours".

Haspel's critics argued she still wouldn't say if she thought the interrogation program was immoral. And Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee wanted the CIA to declassify all materials related to her involvement in an interrogation program from 2002.

Among Democrats supporting Haspel are several who are up for re-election this fall in states where Trump is popular, including Sens.

The CIA did make classified materials about Haspel's record available to senators.

Two Republicans voted against her, while Republican Senator John McCain, who was tortured during years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is in Arizona battling brain cancer and could not vote. But several of her opponents pointed to the fact that the Justice Department's report from the special counsel who investigated the destruction of the tapes was available only to senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and not the full body. The remaining five Democrats had announced their opposition.

Recommended:



Popular

Iran planning to launch barrage of missiles against Israel
Le Maire asked. "Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran? ". Syrian state TV and the Observatory said police forces are getting ready to enter the area on Friday to guarantee security.

IShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF
CCI is relatively high when prices are much higher than average, and relatively low when prices are much lower than the average. The simple moving average is a mathematical calculation that takes the average price (mean) for a given amount of time.

Philadelphia Eagles invited to visit White House June 5
The organization took its time weighing the political consequences the visit would effectuate, and until now is still undecided. The team, which featured several players who spoke out against President Donald Trump , was invited to the White House.

Harry Winks: Tottenham midfielder signs five-year contract
Winks has made 25 appearances this season however exclusively three because the flip of the 12 months, all within the FA Cup . The USA worldwide spent final season on mortgage within the Sky Wager Championship with Sheffield United and Ipswich.

The Division 2 set to launch within a year
That means the highly anticipated multiplayer shooter sequel from Massive Entertainment should launch between now and March 2019. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also revealed that the company would be investing in its online services platform more.

Apple Pay now supports Monzo to help you spend with your iPhone
If you do (and you own an iPhone ) you'll be happy to learn the three-year old banking service is now supported by Apple Pay . Industry insiders tell me that Google Pay has less hurdles to jump in comparison.

Stock to Watch: Enbridge Energy LP (EEP)
The Average Directional Index or ADX is a technical analysis indicator used to describe if a market is trending or not trending. The company has experienced volume of 1,036,480 shares while on average the company has a capacity of trading 832.01K share.

'GQ's comedy issue celebrates the beauty of celebrity photoshoot fails
For the cover comedy stars Kate McKinnon , Issa Rae , and Sarah Silverman were photographed posing together in stunning dresses. Oprah gamely responded, "I accept your 3d leg, as I know you accept my 3d hand". "I hope you can still accept me for who I am".

"Catfish" Host Nev Schulman Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Representatives for Schulman did not immediately return Newsweek's request for comment. Catfish , a program he also executive produces, is in its seventh season.

Reuben Foster's Ex-Girlfriend: Domestic Violence Claim 'A Money Scheme'
It was a money scheme. "I told him I'm about to f-k yo s-t up, make sure you don't have a job tomorrow". Ennis said. " I really wanted to kill him".