There's no evidence that Gina was in the room when Abu Zubaydah was tortured, but she was the overall head of that entire process.
Editor's note: After this article was published, ProPublica retracted the specific claims that Gina Haspel "was in charge of a secret prison in Thailand during the infamous interrogation of an al Qaeda suspect" and that she "mocked the prisoner's suffering". Under the direction of Haspel, the prison fostered "waterboards" and "brutal interrogation techniques".
The former official raised a similar concern: "Will she be able to carry the agency's mission, or will we see that fade?"
Senate Republicans said they expected both confirmation hearings to be held soon.
Another Republican senator, John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, also had questions about Haspel, but did not say he would oppose her. McCain has not been in Washington to vote this year as he undergoes cancer treatment at home in Arizona.
Paul, R-Ky., said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he wants someone who's not "advocating for war", particularly against Iran and North Korea, rather than Pompeo, the current Central Intelligence Agency director. The best-known victim at that site is Abu Zubaydah, who was subjected to a horrific array of torture techniques, all technically authorized through a series of legal memos written by lawyers in the Bush-Cheney administration.
Msgr. Swetland said some other enhanced interrogation techniques, such as sleep deprivation, noise and confinement, may or may not be torture, "depending on how they were administered".
"I think he's going to be very careful about what he says before his confirmation", particularly when facing lawmakers who are more critical of Russian Federation, he said. "You're not respecting the intrinsic dignity of the person".
A US intelligence official lambasted Senator Paul's use of the quote to National Review on Wednesday. A Pew Research Center poll conducted in November 2016 found 49% of Americans believed torture was never justified, while 48% of Americans believed it was at least sometimes justified.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, who supported rendition to torture and famously said, "we do have to take the gloves off in some areas", this week vouched for Haspel's "integrity" and told an interviewer, "don't forget that the detention-interrogation program was authorized by the president of the United States and deemed lawful by the Department of Justice".
Wala noted that, before the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US recognized that waterboarding was a form of torture because it had prosecuted Japanese soldiers in World War II for waterboarding and other forms of water torture. What does that say about the morality of waterboarding or other methods of "enhanced interrogation?" 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 think it's going to go very well".
"We are not a people that should be so fearful or vengeful that we think that torture is somehow acceptable", he added.
Fact is, Gina made decisions that few people ever have to make.
An intrinsic evil is an evil that is wrong in the chosen act itself, independent of one's intentions or the surrounding circumstances, Miller explained. So what stops us from signing MoUs with every country that's squeamish about doing torture on its own soil?