It’s not often I agree with Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul. I will give him credit when he gets it right though and on torture he is leading the charge against President Trump’s nominee for CIA director.
You may have heard that Gina Haspel was nominated to be head of the CIA and a furious uproar from advocates for civil rights and civil liberties was heard.
Citing her history of torture Rand Paul threatens to filibuster Trump’s pick to lead the CIA via ThinkProgress:
Paul reiterated his opposition to Haspel’s nomination on Sunday — and even threatened to take his opposition beyond simply voicing criticism to reporters. In POLITICO, Paul wrote that it “remains true that Haspel ran a secret center in Thailand where prisoners were tortured. … I simply do not believe she should hold the post to which she has been nominated.” On Twitter, Paul added that he would “do whatever it takes” — including leading a potential filibuster — to prevent her ascension to CIA chief.
The question is will Steve Daines stand with Rand Paul as well as those who are calling for rigorous investigations, like John McCain. Or
Will Steve Daines buckle and vote to support Haspel and endorse torture?
Montanans don’t support torture. Torture is also a tactic that is known not to reveal reliable intelligence.
Sen. Rand Paul via CNN:
I think that what America stands for is not torture. Torture is the hallmark of totalitarianism. We should be that hope for the rest of the world, that people who want to resist totalitarianism — they want to be free from torture, they don’t want to be free to torture. … I’ll do whatever it takes — and that includes filibuster. … It’s just inconsistent with who we are as a people to have someone run our spy agency that has all this enormous power who was intimately involved with torture, and from everything we’re reading was supportive of the policy. And so, no, I can’t support that — and I will do everything I can, including filibuster.
John McCain also spoke out stating that he expected a rigorous investigation of the allegations that Gina Haspel was involved in torture.
“In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, our government squandered precious moral authority in a futile effort to produce intelligence by means of torture. We are still dealing with the consequences of that desperately misguided decision. Current U.S. law is clear in banning enhanced interrogation techniques. Any nominee for Director of the CIA must pledge without reservation to uphold this prohibition, which has helped us to regain our position of leadership in the struggle for universal human rights—the struggle upon which this country was founded, and which remains its highest aspiration.”
The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. The Senate must do its job in scrutinizing the record & involvement of Gina Haspel in this disgraceful program. https://t.co/p2eZfMDF5N
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) March 13, 2018
Here’s more reporting on what Gina Haspel was involved in:
Gina Haspel oversaw interrogation tactics so brutal that CIA personnel at one black site openly wept and requested transfers after torture sessions. Details here: https://t.co/FwxPuSrGpt
— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) March 14, 2018
Will Steve Daines support Gina Haspel and endorse torture?