Will not permit torture if confirmed to run CIA: Haspel

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Gina Haspel, Donald Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director, once headed a Thai detention centre where waterboarding was allegedly used.

"I think we shouldn't reward somebody who participated in torture, really still has trouble saying and articulating that it is an immoral thing. and that really isn't who we are as a people", Paul said. If the answer is yes, then perhaps you need to rethink your position on torture.

Haspel, now the acting director of the CIA, told members of the Senate intelligence committee during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that, if confirmed, she would not restart the interrogation program.

A leading US Republican Senator has advised his colleagues in the Senate against confirming Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director who is accused of involvement in the agency " s torture programme. "But her boss says he told her otherwise. Do you agree with that statement?"

"Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

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Also on Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of OR, said he wanted to know more about an apparent discrepancy in how Ms. Haspel and Mr. Rodriguez have described their discussions about the tape destruction order.

When she added that "valuable information was obtained from senior al Qaeda operatives that allowed us to defend this country and prevent another attack", Ms Lamala asked whether that was a yes. But Ms. Haspel said on Wednesday that the conversation never happened.

Kelly Sadler was discussing McCain's opposition to Haspel at a staff meeting on Thursday when she made the comment, according to the two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump wants her to take over from Mike Pompeo, who has become his secretary of state.

Brutal interrogation practices are banned under United States law, but debate on the issue has resurfaced during Haspel's confirmation process because she was once involved in the CIA's interrogation program.