Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, declared that the agency should not have undertaken its interrogation program in which al-Qaida detainees were tortured after the September 11 attacks - a condemnation she refused to make at her confirmation hearing last week.
Pointing out that "waterboarding was applied to only three individuals", Cheney stated that the Central Intelligence Agency later produced a study saying one of those tortured was a "preeminent source on al Qaeda".
Haspel appears to have a lock on confirmation, with a vote in the Intelligence Committee expected for Wednesday.
Haspel said she would "refuse to undertake any proposed activity that is contrary to my moral and ethical values". "In many ways, her story is representative of the thousands of people at the Agency and throughout the intelligence community who serve quietly, without recognition, and often at great personal risk, in order to keep our nation safe from those who wish to do us harm", Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, wrote in a statement Tuesday.
While most Senate Democrats, including Intelligence Committee veterans like Dianne Feinstein, have announced their opposition to Haspel's nomination, their pretensions to oppose torture and demand a higher moral standard in the CIA leadership are belied by their own records.
"See, I think people who have actually been tortured who are saying this is not a good thing, you should listen to them because you have never been tortured", she told Trump.
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Haspel's comments went beyond her testimony at her confirmation hearing last week, when she repeatedly refused to disavow techniques such as waterboarding as immoral or ineffective. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that".
Heitkamp also said she is "planning to vote to confirm" Haspel on Wednesday. At the time Haspel led a secret prison in Thailand, where during interrogation, the two suspected of terrorism were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding.
Haspel has said she drafted a cable authorizing the destruction, which was sent by her boss, former operations director Jose Rodriguez, in 2005.
Haspel had assured senators last week at her confirmation hearing that in hindsight, methods such as waterboarding - viewed as torture by critics - harmed America's image in the world, and she would not restart the program.
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"It's not just the issue of torture", he said.