Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel's confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director

Dick Cheney fox business

Dick Cheney fox business

Thailand found itself at the centre of a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has dominated U.S. media and talk shows for weeks.

"Both the Committee and the Agency shared the goal of obtaining the critical intelligence needed to thwart another attack", Haspel wrote.

"The United States must send a message to the world that we hold ourselves to a higher standard than our enemies. I also respect my colleagues who have made a different decision", Warner said in a statement on Tuesday, acknowledging that his endorsement was a "difficult decision" and citing "valid questions" raised throughout the process about Haspel's history.

The letter comes ahead of Wednesday's committee vote on her nomination ― which she is expected to clear, thanks to the support of at least one Democrat ― Sen.

"While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Haspel wrote Warner. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Suspect in custody after shots fired at California school
Authorities say the teenager dumped the gun in the desert before being caught in a shopping centre. On Friday, a gunman entered Highland High School in Palmdale, California and shot a student.

Sen. Rand Paul is facing increasing pressure to back President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, as the libertarian lawmaker's hometown newspaper urged him to back his fellow Kentuckian.

Warner's vote is crucial for Haspel, given that GOP Sen. When one Central Intelligence Agency agent, John Kiriakou, did reveal the use of torture, the Democrats supported his prosecution and imprisonment under the Obama administration.

"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.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the deputy majority leader and a member of the intelligence panel, defended the Bush-era program and Haspel's involvement.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Paul's opposition nearly triggered the panel to report Mr. Pompeo out of the committee unfavorably before the full Senate vote. "Someone who has been an active participant and enthusiast for torture is not someone who should represent America", he said in an interview.

Recommended News

  • Neymar exhausted  of transfer talk amid Madrid and Man United links

    Neymar exhausted of transfer talk amid Madrid and Man United links

    Brazil star forward Neymar has commented on the rumors about his wanting to part ways with this French football club. I don't respond to rumours, I don't have the time. "Everyone knows what I came here to do in Paris , my goals ".
    Eurovision 2018 to focus on the music, not the glitz

    Eurovision 2018 to focus on the music, not the glitz

    Italy has a powerful anti-war song that lists numerous terror attacks that have blighted the world in recent years. Meanwhile Israel's Netta Barzilai , with her feminist-inspired song Toy, is the second favourite to win.

    SpaceX Launches Bangabandhu Satellite 1 on Its Powerful Rocket Falcon 9

    After a day's delay , Bangladesh's first satellite was today successfully launched atop the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. The satellite is called after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, that is considered as the founding father of Bangladesh.
  • The NES Classic Edition will return next month

    The NES Classic Edition will return next month

    The NES Classic ( See on Amazon ) launched in late 2016, instantly becoming a hit for the holiday season. And for those wondering about a Nintendo 64 Classic Edition, Nintendo has "nothing to announce".
    Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut dazzle on Cannes red carpet

    Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut dazzle on Cannes red carpet

    Before she walked the red carpet at Cannes , Padukone was spotted favouring breezy summer dresses, not just once, but twice. Ethereal beauty Deepika Padukone is on her much needed break and is shining across award events and photo shoots.
    Congo Declares New Ebola Outbreak After 2 Confirmed Cases

    Congo Declares New Ebola Outbreak After 2 Confirmed Cases

    Ebola is thought to be spread over long distances by fruit bats and is often transmitted to humans through contaminated bush meat. WHO said it was working with Kongo officials to scale operations in the region and to mobilize public health partners there.
  • American clothing brand Gap 'terribly sorry' over China map shirt omitting Taiwan

    American clothing brand Gap 'terribly sorry' over China map shirt omitting Taiwan

    The fashion retailer has also pulled the product off its shelves in China and destroyed the shirts, a statement on its Weibo read. Other US companies which have issued apologies for similar incidents include Delta Air Lines and Marriott International Inc.
    Guardiola reveals who he thinks will challenge for EPL title next season

    Guardiola reveals who he thinks will challenge for EPL title next season

    I would imagine the club has probably had discussions since I walked through the door over what they would do. Last season the Clarets won just once on their travels and collected only seven points from 19 games.
    Meet NASA's robot helicopter of Mars

    Meet NASA's robot helicopter of Mars

    In order to design a flying vehicle that would actually work on another planet, NASA scientists faced a number of challenges. But JPL has made sure that the Mars Helicopter has everything it needs to fearless the rough environment on the Red Planet .
  • Critical flaw found in email encryption tools

    Critical flaw found in email encryption tools

    The victim's email client decrypts the email and loads any external content, thus exfiltrating the plaintext to the attacker. The research paper details multiple approaches for using the vulnerabilities to decrypt S/MIME and OpenPGP encrypted emails.
    Sarah Sanders scolded White House staff for leak, sources say

    Sarah Sanders scolded White House staff for leak, sources say

    During an appearance on Fox News, Mulvaney called Sadler's comment a "bad joke" but said it was "inconsiderate" that it leaked. Charles Payne, the Fox host who interviewed McInerney, apologized Thursday for not challenging the "Songbird John" claim.
    US Promises To Rebuild North Korea If It Gives Up Nukes

    US Promises To Rebuild North Korea If It Gives Up Nukes

    North Korea's human rights issues weren't specifically mentioned in a joint statement announced by Mr. North Korean defectors often cross China into Southeast Asia before trying to reach South Korea.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.