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Bedford writes: "Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling for her fellow senators to reject the nomination of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, arguing that Haspel's involvement in a controversial Bush-era interrogation program after 9/11 should disqualify her from the position."

Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Getty Images)
Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo: Getty Images)

Senator Elizabeth Warren: Gina Haspel "Can't Be Trusted" to Lead CIA

By Tori Bedford, WGBH

12 May 18


en. Elizabeth Warren is calling for her fellow senators to reject the nomination of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, arguing that Haspel’s involvement in a controversial Bush-era interrogation program after 9/11 should disqualify her from the position.

“I can’t support her,” Warren said during an interview with Boston Public Radio Thursday. “I think this is not a good place for us to be, and I thought the hearing yesterday really emphasized that.”

Following a contentious five-hour hearing, Haspel appeared to secure the support she needed to have her nomination reported favorably to the full Senate.

Shortly after, Sen. John McCain issued a statement urging his colleagues to vote against Haspel’s nomination. McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture is “disturbing.”

“Her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying,” McCain wrote. “I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”

Warren told WGBH News she agrees with McCain. “If she’s not wrestling with those questions, if she’s not showing that down at it’s core she gets how that violates basic American principles, then she’s not a person who can be trusted in that kind of position,” Warren said. “I will join Sen. McCain in saying no on this nomination.”

Haspel was tapped by President Trump to take the place of now-secretary of state Mike Pompeo. The vote to confirm Haspel has yet to be scheduled. your social media marketing partner


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-6 # johnescher 2018-05-12 16:17
A good article, but WGBH should have used "down at its core" instead of "down at it's core." Possessive its never splits, as Senator Warren so well knows. Her statement was delivered out loud, right? With all grammar impeccably in place. It was WGBH, in this case, who did her wrong.
+3 # librarian1984 2018-05-12 20:41
I really admire the way you can ignore the wealth of substance and implications to hone right in on the most trivial thing .. at least in opposite world I do.

Or is it 'home in'? Its a shore bet yule lettuce no.
+12 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-05-12 16:37
Yes, this is right. I saw a few clips of her testimony to congress and she was an evader and cover up artist. I would not trust her, either. But what CIA director could be trusted? None of them. Pompeo was horrible. What he said about Assange was a criminal threat. Brennan was a stone cold murderer.

Shut down the whole CIA. Fire everyone. Open the archives to anyone who wants to find out what the CIA has done for the last 70 years.
+5 # Texas Aggie 2018-05-12 23:11
There are a bunch of reasons why she has no business being head of anything.

Her experience so far has been following orders that even she knew were illegal, not giving orders.

She says that she wouldn't obey an immoral order and then refuses to say what she considers immoral so her first statement is irrelevant.

The way she avoids answering questions is not something that a person with integrity does. It's the same thing as trying to cover up a crime. The coverup is always worse than the crime.
-4 # psephoLibran 2018-05-13 00:16
I also noted the mistake made, and that it shd be [its], not [it's]. As John Escher says, if WGBH wrote/transcrib ed this, then agreed it's WGBH's mistake, not Warren's.
So now, why wd five ppl vote down a correction to the English?
Were they disagreeing with his comment it was a good article?
Perhaps there ought to be a place or heading to report mistakes in language.
Shd also let ppl know that the possessive S is omitted only if the word is also plural -- ending in S is not enough.
Bridget Jones's Baby; Bridget is the Joneses' daughter.
Back to the main point in the article.
FWIW, I agree with Warren's comments on Haspel.
+3 # lfeuille 2018-05-13 19:28
The comment was trivial. People are interested in the substance, not minute mistakes.
-5 # Cowboy 45 2018-05-13 05:49
Hypocrite, why is she not calling for the removal of Nancy Pelosi who was briefed in 2002 about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques along with other senior democrat senators who had no objection to their use. She has more responsibility for the use of torture than Haspel who was just doing her job.
+1 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-05-13 08:13
There are too many viciously evil types already in Washington. No need for Ms. Torquemada.
+2 # laborequalswealth 2018-05-13 09:40
That we are even having a debate over whether torturer is "moral" or whether you want a lying, torturering, criminal in control of the most powerful, best funded, most secretive, most covertly violent agency in America already indicts the USA as a morally corrupt nation.

PS: The argument always used by these torturers is "what if someone planted an atom bomb in Manhattan and you had to torturer the perpetrator to find the bomb." Well... call me when that happens.
+2 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-05-13 12:29
The Dulles brothers set the tone for the CIA and it has never served USA interest, just those of the "money machine". Look what the CIA has done in Iran, Libya, Central America, Cuba, South America, Africa, etc., etc. You get the point.
Shut the whole CIA down. It hasn't mattered who heads it.
-2 # Dale 2018-05-13 14:53
But even more of a shocker than the the new Director of the CIA was Gina Hspel s Director of the Central Intelligence Assassins. It may seem strange that a woman would be nominated, given Trumpet´s view of the proper place of women, as good lays like porn star Stormy, or fine for a pussy grab, or occasionally as window dressing like his female Press Secretary. But Gina wears a suit and shirt and tie that hide her flat breasts—and she has balls. She proved herself macho as Chief of a CIA Dark Location for rendition of suspects in Thailand. There she orchestrated tortures that went beyond waterboarding. One poor soul was waterboarded 83 times. In Thailand and in subsequent coverups she was named by insiders as “Bloody Gina.” She was instrumental in destroying the torture tapes to prevent their full disclosure to the public or the Senate investigation. One story has it (I can´t verify its veracity from a whistleblower) that prior to waterboarding she had 13 year old Thai girls massage the genitals of suspects, then when aroused she squeezed their testicles with a visegrip. Before waterboarding she promised the unfortunates that when in Allah Land they would have 27 such virgins. After numerous waterboardings she hung suspects by their feet from rafters so that water from their lungs would drain properly and then victims told Bloody Gina whatever lie occurred to their now wasted brains.

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