Sen. John McCain: President’s CIA pick was involved in ‘one of the darkest chapters in American History’
John McCain blasted Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Gina Haspel as the new CIA Director, McCain said she was involved in “one of the darkest chapters in American History”
Though McCain expressed his confidence in the current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and his ability to serve as the secretary of state. McCain’s statement reads “Haspel needs to explain her stance on torture”
McCain said “The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history,” “Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”
McCain said Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration “squandered precious moral authority” to get intelligence,
Gina Haspel joined CIA in 1985 her interrogations techniques are notorious especially the waterboarding used on detainees at a secret CIA prison in Thailand, 2002. According to American Civil Liberties Union, Haspel was “up to her eyeballs in torture, both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes.”
Progressive foreign policy groups have already raised their concerns and fighting back against her nomination, they said her direct role in the torture program should “disqualify her” from the position.
Former Director Pompeo committed himself to enforcing federal law on interrogation techniques during his confirmation hearing last year to become CIA director.
McCain also said “Any nominee for director of the CIA must pledge without reservation to uphold this prohibition, which has helped us regain our position of leadership in the struggle for universal human rights,”
McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner during in the Vietnam War, has sharply criticized Trump’s support of controversial interrogation policies like waterboarding. “I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good,”