“Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”
US Senator John McCain
U.S. Senator John McCain (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) — the former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee — stood tall till the end of his career. He was one of the very few Republican who called on Senate to reject CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
McCain, who spent five-and-a-half years in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War and endured unspeakable torture, was of course unassailable on this very issue.
His comments put him back in the maverick role, at least in relation to the chamber’s internal politics, that has long defined his congressional career.
On May 10 2018, U.S. Senator John McCain released the following statement on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be Director of the CIA:
“Today, Gina Haspel testified before the Senate and to the country about her qualifications to lead the CIA.
This occasion provided an opportunity to provide details about her experience in the CIA, explain her involvement in the so-called enhanced interrogation program during the Bush Administration, and account for the mistakes the country made in torturing detainees held in U.S. custody after the September 11th attacks.
Unfortunately, the testimony the American people heard from Ms. Haspel today failed to address these concerns.
Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked.
I know that those who used enhanced interrogation methods and those who approved them wanted to protect Americans from harm.
I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty. But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world.
I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense.
However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing.
Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”
John McCain: “CIA Torture Policies Stained Our National Honor”
Published on Dec 9, 2014 — As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report roiled Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sen. John McCain framed the argument as one of moral clarity, all the while bumping up against his party leaders.
“I rise in support of the release, the long-delayed release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summarized, unclassified review of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that were employed by the previous administration to extract information from captured terrorists,” the Arizona Republican said on the Senate floor.
“I believe the American people have a right, indeed responsibility, to know what was done in their name, how these practices did or did not serve our interests, and how they comported with our most important values.”
Remembering Senator John McCain : “CIA Torture Policies Stained Our National Honor”