Haspel to Dem senator: There’s no comparison between CIA operatives following law and terrorists

Haspel to Dem senator: There’s no comparison between CIA operatives following law and terrorists
Gina Haspel and Sen. Jack Reed (Image: YouTube screen grab via C-SPAN3)

[Ed. – Ask a silly question…]

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel told a Democratic lawmaker Wednesday there was no comparison between CIA officers obeying the law and terrorists who follow no law during questioning about enhanced interrogation techniques.

Haspel’s role running a CIA black site which employed those methods during the George W. Bush administration has come under scrutiny during her confirmation process. The career intelligence officer has stated she acted in accordance with CIA directives at the time, and she has pledged not to restart a similar program if confirmed.

Senate Intelligence Committee member Jack Reed (D., R.I.) asked Haspel about a hypothetical situation where an operations officer was kidnapped by a terrorist entity and subjected to waterboarding.

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“Would you determine that to be immoral and something that should never be done, condoned in any way, shape, or form?” Reed asked. “Your response seems to be that civilized nations don’t do it, but uncivilized nations do it, or uncivilized groups do it. A civilized nation was doing it until it was outlawed by this Congress.”

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