Trump sent shockwaves through Capitol Hill just before taking off to view prototypes of his proposed border wall in California by firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA chief Mike Pompeo. Trump then announced Gina Haspel as Pompeo’s replacement.
Haspel is already running into harsh criticism over her involvement in the torture of detainees at a secret CIA Thai prison camp. Renowned whistleblower Ed Snowden first called out Haspel’s dark past, and now, Sen. John McCain is helping spread the word.
Sen. McCain said in a statement: “The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history.” He added, “Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”
McCain reviled the Bush administration for squandering “precious moral authority” in exchange for intelligence.
The American Civil Liberties Union said that Haspel was “up to her eyeballs in torture, both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes.”
McCain later stated, “Any nominee for director of the CIA must pledge without reservation to uphold this prohibition, which has helped us regain our position of leadership in the struggle for universal human rights.”
McCain himself was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, and he knows all too well that torturing prisoners does “more bad than good.”
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