Former Vice President Dick Cheney shared in a new interview his support for Gina Haspel, President Trump's choice to run the CIA, and said the "enhanced interrogation" techniques the agency used were not torture. In a POLITICO op-ed Friday, he criticized the Central Intelligence Agency nominee for selectively releasing information about her record of harsh interrogation techniques on detainees and said "that fact alone should be enough to cause the Senate reject her nomination".
Another Democrat, Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyCheney: "Please, please, pretty please" doesn't work with terrorists Gates: Haspel's ties to enhanced interrogation don't disqualify her from leading CIA Sanders on opposition to Haspel but not Brennan: "It's not just the issue of torture" MORE (Ind.), announced his support for Haspel over the weekend.
More than 100 former USA ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter last week opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say US behavior is "no different from ours".
Trump, who was joined at the rally by Vice President Mike Pence, a former IN governor, urged GOP voters to mobilize and prevent Democrats from regaining control of Congress.
The torture program was illegal at the time based on worldwide treaties the U.S.is a signatory to, including the Convention Against Torture and Geneva Convention, but no one has ever been held accountable.
"Many people can withstand different types of torture". But it is not based on the individual's ability to be able to take that torture or not.
Moments later, Haspel, however, rushed to clarify that the CIA's methods in general in the aftermath of 9/11 were effective.
Haspel's specific role in the program remains classified.
"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".
"If it were my call I would not discontinue those programs", Cheney told Fox Business.
"We got valuable information from debriefing Al-Qaeda detainees", Haspel told senators last week.
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