Haspel says CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney stood by the CIA's controversial torture program and said interrogation techniques like waterboarding should still be in place.

Green Beret sniper Tim Kennedy wholeheartedly supports Haspel's nomination, calling her an "amazing hero".

Underneath questioning Wednesday in entrance of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel mentioned she wouldn't allow the CIA to restart the tough interrogation program it beforehand ran, including that she did not "imagine that torture works". John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy.

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken".

Haspel is expected to win "yes " votes from at least nine of the committee's 15 members, garnering support from all eight Republicans and at least one Democrat, Sen.

Their votes could be enough for Haspel to win a razor-thin confirmation vote, if the other 49 Republicans remain united in her favor.

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She also said it "was a mistake not to brief the entire Committee at the beginning" of the program, acknowledging criticism that the Central Intelligence Agency didn't do enough to keep more than a handful of congressional overseers up to speed.

Haspel wrote that she has "learned the hard lessons since 9/11".

"She's (Haspel) is very highly regarded within the intelligence community" Heitkamp said.

Haspel has said she drafted a cable authorizing the destruction, which was sent by her boss, former operations director Jose Rodriguez, in 2005.

As for Mr. Paul, he has expressed deep reservations about Ms. Haspel since earlier this spring when Mr. Trump nominated her to replace Mike Pompeo, who became secretary of state. But by the time he released the statement, two key swing votes on the committee, Manchin and GOP moderate Senator Susan Collins of ME, had already announced they would vote for Haspel. "There's no one in the Senate who has even remotely the credibility he does on an issue of this kind".

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