Enhanced interrogation isn’t being used to confess to fake war crimes.
Sen. John McCain is urging the Senate to reject Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick to run the CIA, claiming Haspel’s “refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
McCain, who is home at his ranch in Arizona as he battles brain cancer, made the statement after Haspel testified in her confirmation on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning. McCain said Haspel had a chance to “explain her involvement in the so-called enhanced interrogation program during the Bush administration, and account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees held” after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. […]
“I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense,” McCain noted. “However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”