President Trump’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency will promise Congress that she will not reinstate interrogation techniques that have been classified by many as torture.
Gina Haspel’s nomination rang alarm bells for many due to her previous involvement in a top-secret CIA program which employed “enhanced” interrogation techniques, including sleep deprivation and waterboarding.
According to the excerpts from her testimony, Haspel plans to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday morning that she understands that many people would like to know her views on the interrogation techniques, which were instituted after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Her actual opinion, however, isn't included in the excerpts, but in them, she promises, "clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program."
If confirmed, Haspel would be the first woman to head the CIA, and she expressed that she is proud of working “to break down those barriers”:
"It is not my way to trumpet the fact that I am a woman up for the top job, but I would be remiss in not remarking on it — not least because of the outpouring of support from young women at CIA who consider it a good sign for their own prospects," she plans to say