Senate confirmation kabuki
We can all stop worrying. "Bloody" Gina Haspel won't restart the CIA torture program if she becomes CIA director. At least that's what the headlines say.
Except that isn't exactly what she said.
What Bloody Gina said had a bit more nuance.
Haspel vowed that under her leadership the CIA would not restart an interrogation program that employed torture techniques. “I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal. I would absolutely not permit it.”
OK. So she wouldn't "undertake activity that she thought was immoral".
Torture is immoral by anyone's definition, so then...wait. What?
In exchanges with senators, Haspel was both defensive and evasive when pressed to expound on her views on the morality of the CIA’s use of torture. She repeatedly refused to characterize the program in hindsight as “immoral”. “My moral compass is strong,” she said.
Oooohhhh kkkaaayyy. Torture is immoral for everyone that doesn't go by the moniker of "Bloody Gina".
That puts things in a different light.
Haspel repeatedly declines to answer "yes" or "no" as to whether previous interrogation techniques were "immoral" https://t.co/2MMmZpk0Jd
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 9, 2018
Well Senator Dianne Feinstein won't let Bloody Gina get away with those sorts of non-answers.
Feinstein was more circumspect. "It’s no secret I’ve had concerns in the past with her connection to the CIA torture program and have spent time with her discussing this," the senator said in a statement. But she added, "To the best of my knowledge she has been a good deputy director.”
Feinstein told The Bee Editorial Board that she had Haspel over to her home for dinner after the latter moved from London, where she'd served as chief of station for the CIA's Europe Division back to Washington, D.C. in 2017 to take over as deputy director of the CIA.
Oh, well. The important thing is that Bloody Gina can fix the real pressing problem at the CIA: gender diversity.
Haspel can help fix the CIA’s gender problem
Because it's important that women have the same equal opportunity to torture innocent people that men do.