CIA Nominee to Sen. Reed: It's Wrong to Compare CIA Officers With Terrorists

By Michael W. Chapman | May 9, 2018 | 1:11pm EDT
CIA Director-nominee
Gina Haspel. (YouTube)

( -- In response to a question from Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel made it clear that inhumane treatment of CIA officers is wrong and that one could not compare terrorists who are committing crimes with CIA personnel who are obeying the law.

Sennator Reed (D-R.I.) said, "It’s very simple. You have an operations officer who is captured. He’s being waterboarded. I’ve asked you very simply: Would you determine that to be immoral and something that should never be done, condoned in any way, shape, or form?"


He continued, "Your response seems to be that civilized nations don’t do it but uncivilized nations do it -- or uncivilized groups do it. A civilized nation [U.S.A.] was doing it until it was outlawed by this Congress."

Haspel responded, "Senator, I would never obviously support inhumane treatment of any CIA officers. We’ve lost CIA officers over the years to terrorists. I just gave an example. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed personally killed a Wall Street Journal correspondent and filmed it."

"I don’t think there’s any comparison between CIA officers serving their country -- adhering to U.S. law -- and terrorists who, by their very definition, are not following anybody’s law," said Haspel.

Senator Reed did not immediately respond. 

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