United States senators asked to block Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director pick

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For some of us, the act of torture as an interrogation technique presents a most hard conundrum.

According to the Post editorial, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat (is this the same as the most rank Democrat?) on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is not satisfied with Haspel's assurances and wants her to "more clearly repudiate" what the Post calls this "dark chapter in her past".

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, defended the agency's torture of terrorism suspects as her confirmation hearing on Wednesday served as another reckoning of the extraordinary measures the government employed in the frantic hunt for the September 11 conspirators. "But her boss says he told her otherwise".

During that time, she ordered prisoners to be interrogated using techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation. But Mr. Wyden said that the Senate needed to clarify what happened.

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

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America's hawks would surely take issue with that whiffle bat analogy, since Tehran has long wanted to build a nuclear arsenal. USA politicians will want to avoid being blamed for a further escalation in the run up to congressional elections in November.

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.

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. "Ms. Haspel is eminently qualified, she is widely esteemed, and she is absolutely the right person at the right moment for this position".

The Washington Post, long a champion of more strong women in positions of power, has editorialized against the confirmation of Gina Haspel, one of the strongest women in the lower-48, as Central Intelligence Agency chief.

Ms Haspel, who has spent more than 30 years working undercover, both domestically and overseas, describes herself as a "typical middle-class American" with a "strong sense of right and wrong".

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