CIA nominee Gina Haspel vows not to restart harsh interrogations

Image: Nominee to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Gina Haspel arrives for a meeting with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Capitol Hill in Washington

President Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, plans to assure senators she would not restart harsh interrogations using techniques that critics call torture, according to excerpts of prepared remarks released ahead of her Wednesday confirmation hearing. Haspel, 61, has been deputy director of the CIA since February 2017. She reportedly offered to withdraw her nomination last week to avoid what could be a bruising fight over her role in a top-secret CIA program that used “enhanced” techniques such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation against terrorism suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Haspel decided to go ahead with the confirmation process after White House officials assured her she had their support, and she spoke by phone with Trump, who on Tuesday said she would be “tough on terror.”

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