CIA director nominee and acting CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn in to testify at her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington last week. Joe Manchin (WV) and Joe Donnelly (IN).
Underneath questioning Wednesday in entrance of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel mentioned she wouldn't allow the CIA to restart the tough interrogation program it beforehand ran, including that she did not "imagine that torture works".
The program used techniques now widely considered torture. "I believed in it", Cheney said.
Haspel has been slammed by Senator John McCain and (other) Democrats for opposing her nomination, citing her role in the use of waterboarding to extract key intel from radical Islamic terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.
"Many people can withstand different types of torture". Some think it ought to disqualify Haspel from consideration to head the Central Intelligence Agency. He was suggesting, and with good reason, that a Clinton nomination of Haspel would have produced a unanimous vote. McCain acknowledged that Haspel is a patriot who has devoted her life to serving the country, but he pointed out that her role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is "disturbing". "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).
"Waterboarding was applied actually to only three individuals - one of those was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11", the former vice president said on "Sunday Morning Futures", noting that a classified report called Mohammed a "preeminent source" of information on Al Qaeda. As far as the USA ruling elite is concerned, all methods are moral that serve its class ends and maintain its wealth and global power.