The Senate approved the nomination was Haspel Thursday after a tense discussion of the program hard interrogation
Gina Haspel – the first ever female Director of the CIA on Monday takes the oath.
In a ceremony at the headquarters of the CIA located in the suburbs of Washington, attended by the President of the United States Donald trump.
The Senate on Thursday approved the nomination was Haspel by 54 votes to 45, completing a strenuous process, during which special attention was paid to the practices of interrogation used by the CIA.
In support Haspel voted for six Democrats, while two Republicans opposed her candidacy. Haspel has long worked for the CIA, will replace Mike Pompeo, who last month was appointed Secretary of state.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made a praise in the address Haspel, noting that it “has a unique professional qualities to tackle the biggest challenges in the field of national security” and that she was able “to earn the respect and admiration of the CIA”.
The choice of the President of trump has been controversial because Haspel stood at the head of the program of brutal interrogation after the September 11 attacks. She also wrote a decree about the destruction of the videotapes, which, in the opinion of many experts, was recorded torture of terrorism suspects.
Democrat Patrick Leahy from Vermont shortly before the vote, opposed the candidature Haspel, noting that her professional reputation was “a concern”.
“I’m not questioning the commitment MS has Haspel the interest of our national security, but I question her loyalty to one of the core values of our nation: that all men have certain inalienable rights,” said Lehi, adding that the principle of human dignity “is incompatible with such inhuman practices as torture.”
During the hearings in the Senate Haspel repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether it considers the hard interrogation is morally wrong. However, last week she wrote a letter to the top Democrat on the Committee, Mark Warner, saying that the CIA should not have to apply these methods.
“Gina Haspel will be the first for fifty years an officer in the operations division, who led the CIA – said Warner. – I believe that she can and will confront the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral – for example, to resume the torture.”