Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

"If it were my call I would not discontinue those programs", Cheney told Fox Business, adding that they "worked".

Cheney helped launch the program after the 9/11 terrorist attacks under President George W. Bush and credited the information obtained from detainees - especially 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed - for making the country safer.

The torture program was illegal at the time based on global treaties the U.S.is a signatory to, including the Convention Against Torture and Geneva Convention, but no one has ever been held accountable.

"He's the guy that got waterboarded more than anybody else".

"She, repeatedly, four times, was asked to say whether the waterboarding that happened under her watch by her colleagues, whether it was immoral and unconscionable, she refused to answer", Begg recalled. "And if she condemns torture, then essentially she will be speaking against her president who is essentially saying not only does he believe in torture, but he would do waterboarding a lot more".

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Speaking to Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo in an interview that aired Sunday, Cheney said the techniques, such as waterboarding, helped aid in the capture of Usama bin Laden in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will vote on Wednesday morning on President Donald Trump's nominee to be the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, a committee aide said on Monday. I'm not one of those people who calls it torture.

Haspel defended the work of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time and said the interrogation program was deemed legal then. "I would have them lively and able to go, and I would return and examine them and study".

Though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is urging the Senate to reject Haspel, her confirmation seems likely now that two red-state Democrats have offered their support: Sens. It is known she played a key role in what is being termed "brutal interrogation" of suspects involved in Islamic terrorism.

Begg, however, recalled that the practice of waterboarding goes back to the Spanish Inquisition.

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