Senate Confirms Gina Haspel As CIA Director

Haspel a 33-year CIA veteran has served as the agency's acting director since April 26 following former director Mike Pompeo's elevation to US Secretary of State

Flake said in a statement Wednesday that while he appreciates Haspel's 30-year career at the CIA, the United States needs to turn the page on the spy agency's former program of detaining and harshly interrogating terror suspects.

The 54-45 vote split both parties, with six Democrats joining most Republicans in support of Haspel's nomination in the 100-member chamber.

Haspel faced a tough nomination and confirmation process.

The senator has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has been an ally of McCain, who urged his colleagues recently to reject Haspel's nomination.

Tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, McCain said the country should only use methods to keep itself safe that are "as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world".

Haspel promised senators, at her confirmation hearing last week, that she would not restart the torture program if confirmed as Central Intelligence Agency director, even if pressed to do so by President Trump.

McConnell steered the confirmation swiftly past opponents, including the ailing Republican Sen.

Baldwin also said she has "serious concerns about the role Ms. Haspel played in the CIA's rendition, detention and so-called enhanced interrogation program" - the latter referring to a program that used techniques such as waterboarding that are widely viewed as torture. In a letter on Monday, she went beyond what she said in her public testimony.

Today May 16 iShares Agency Bond ETF (AGZ) Drops 0.04%
Total volume is the number of shares or deals that point towards the overall activity of a security or market for a given period. Return on assets (ROA) is a financial ratio that shows the percentage of profit a company earns about its overall resources.

Intel-Mobileye Begin Testing AV Fleet in Jerusalem
The system that it's supplying to this unnamed vehicle manufacturer will power partial automation on a variety of its models. Neither financial terms, nor the name of the European carmaker, were disclosed.

Stock In Spotlight: Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU)
Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Baidu by 8,004.6% in the fourth quarter. Johnston Asset Management Corp sold 1,590 shares as Baidu Inc ( BIDU)'s stock declined 3.38%.

"Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a floor speech that Haspel "offered up nearly the classic Washington nonapology".

A similar position was adopted by North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who also faces an uphill battle for reelection this year.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has sent the nomination to the full Senate by a 10-5 vote, and her confirmation seems all but certain. Later that day, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat on the intelligence committee.

State Sen. Leah Vukmir has refused to apologize for the claim.

Democrats who backed Haspel pointed to her 33-year CIA career, 32 years of which was spent undercover, as well as her broad support from former intelligence officials, including many senior Obama administration officials.

The attacks on Haspel's record made Trump administration officials nervous about her nomination, especially after Paul announced his opposition, which meant Democrats had the ability to block Haspel's confirmation.

Related:

  • GOP leaders discuss immigration with Trump at White House

    GOP leaders discuss immigration with Trump at White House

    At a press availability on Wednesday morning, Ryan explained his reasoning: "Obviously, we do not agree with discharge petitions". And they want a solution on DACA and they want a solution on the border and on security issues.
    New Characters Joining MCU After Avengers 4 Will Leave Everyone Surprised

    New Characters Joining MCU After Avengers 4 Will Leave Everyone Surprised

    Anyone following the MCU knows the gist of what's going on here and it's a little hard to follow without some of this knowledge. So for him to say " We're going to keep " making these movies implies that he's going to continue to perform in them as Thor .
    Rohatgi on panel to pick Lokpal

    Rohatgi on panel to pick Lokpal

    Since the death of senior advocate PP Rao in September previous year , the post of eminent jurist was lying vacant. Recording the statement of AG, the court refused to set any deadline for appointment of Lokpal.
  • Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run

    They will take the torch and begin their final leg of the run through downtown Atlanta and make their way onto Emory's campus. Special Olympics Athlete Becky Cavanagh of Clarendon Hills added, "Eating donuts is my favorite part of Cop on a Rooftop".
    California Starbucks Employee Writes Racial Slur on Latino Customer's Cup

    California Starbucks Employee Writes Racial Slur on Latino Customer's Cup

    The barista believed to be responsible for writing the slur at the La Cañada Flintridge location is said to be in her 20s. The alleged incident occurred at the La Cañada, Flintridge, located northeast of Burbank, California.
    Ratas attending EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia

    Ratas attending EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia

    Also, five European Union countries do not recognize Kosovo, the former Serbian republic that declared independence in 2008. For the previous year , the stagnation of many countries in the region towards European Union membership has been overcome.
  • IShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (HEWJ) Rises 0.25% for May 17

    IShares Currency Hedged MSCI Japan ETF (HEWJ) Rises 0.25% for May 17

    The Average Directional Index or ADX is a technical analysis indicator used to describe if a market is trending or not trending. Although the CCI indicator was developed for commodities, it has become a popular tool for equity evaluation as well.
    Playing well: that's how to win Tests, not scrapping the toss

    Playing well: that's how to win Tests, not scrapping the toss

    On may 28, ICC will sit down for a meeting to discuss and debate the aspects of coin tosses. The coin is flipped by the home captain and the call is made by the visiting skipper.
    Iraqi election commission says Kirkuk voting stations under siege

    Iraqi election commission says Kirkuk voting stations under siege

    The Commission had announced earlier that the turnout which stood at 44 percent was lower than any other elections since 2003. Kirkuk's governor Rakan al-Jubouri called for a manual recount of votes, a call supported by Turkmen in the province as well.
  • Iran Does Not Want 'New Tensions' in Mideast, Says Rouhani

    Iran Does Not Want 'New Tensions' in Mideast, Says Rouhani

    The strikes came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights overnight, BBC reported. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.
    Performer for the royal wedding revealed?

    Performer for the royal wedding revealed?

    As you may know, Elton and Diana were close friends who worked together to raise money for AIDS research and awareness. TMZ also noted that John was slated to perform in Las Vegas this weekend, but rescheduled.
    Chinese authorities give Toshiba permission to sell chip devision

    Chinese authorities give Toshiba permission to sell chip devision

    The acquisition involves more than 15 billion USD/Euro, an amount earlier agreed on back in September. Dell Technologies, Seagate Technology and Kingston Technology.

Comments

Latest news

Traffic opens on bridge linking southern Russian Federation with Crimea
In another opinion piece on Thursday, Rogan cast himself as a victim, saying that " Russian bots " have sent him and his family death threats on Twitter.

Analysts Review: Kinross Gold Corp (KGC)
Over the long run, the price of a stock will generally go up in lock step with its earnings (assuming the P/E ratio is constant). A simple moving average is an indicator that calculates the average price of a security over a specified number of periods.

Eagles get invited to White House to honor title
It's an annual tradition for championship teams around the sports world to visit the nation's most famous house. The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly are going to be visiting the White House next month. "He's fired.

Air Force apologizes for 'Yanny' or 'Laurel' tweet
US A-10 attack jets also flew overhead but did not conduct any strikes. "The whole Farah city is cleared from the Taliban". We are working by, with and through these partners.

Acting Attorney General Won't Seek Election To The Office
A NY assemblyman has a suggestion on what former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman should do with his campaign funds. She was appointed NY solicitor general, the state's No. 2 legal position, by then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2007.

Sirens in Israel's Golan Heights dismissed as 'false alarm' by IDF
The sirens were reported in settlements across the occupied Golan Heights, including Katzrin, the region's largest settlement. The IDF has confirmed that an Iron Dome battery was activated but stressed that the rocket sirens were a false alarm.

Raptors congratulate the coach they fired, and Twitter is confused
The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history and claimed the East's No. 1 seed after winning 59 games. It would not be surprising for the Raps to promote an internal candidate like assistant coach Nick Nurse.

Jaguars, Vikings to take part in joint practices
It's an intriguing matchup with both teams falling a game short of the Super Bowl last season. Both joint sessions with the Vikings will be open to the public.

Harry Winks pens new five-year Tottenham deal
I feel like I've improved as a player and it's definitely benefited me. Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has signed a new contract until 2023.

Beastie Boys announce new memoir, Beastie Boys Book
For starters, it looks like the highly-anticipated tome will have a decidedly straightforward title: Beastie Boys Book. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, Beastie Boys Book upends the typical music memoir .

Deadpool Celebrates His First 10 Years of Life Before Deadpool 2
I will allow for the fact that maybe it was impossible for me to like it considering when I watched it and how I went in to it. While Reynolds could have easily stepped aside and let the studio bring in a younger pop star, he had a more classic idea.

Ontario doctor recovering after being shot in legs during Gaza protest
Loubani is an emergency physician at the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, Canada, according to the Toronto Star. White said, noting US commanders will "continue to keep a sharp eye on the situation" in Israel and the Middle East.

How Home-based Business Can Benefit from Coworking Spaces
More so, it can encourage productivity by being able to lessen boredom since you will be surrounded by people you can talk to. It Fits the Bill According to statistics, self-employment is on the rise, increasing by as much as 40% in the U.S . by 2020.

The Essentials of Being an Eco-Friendly Hotel
Conserve Energy Lights, water heaters, and air conditioning units, among other things, consume the most electricity in hotels. Through these actions, the hotel can build a better name by showing its clients how it values environmental sustainability.

Money Saving Tips for Business Owners
JJBender.com is a trustworthy and reputable source of used office equipment that offers a wide variety of products. And in today’s economy, every small business owner is looking for ways to save money and reduce expenses.

Other news