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Gina Haspel: I Would ‘Not Allow CIA to Undertake Activity That I Thought Was Immoral’

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) grilled CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel this morning over morality in American values, given her past involvement in overseeing what is being euphemistically referred to today as “enhanced interrogation.”

Haspel opened by saying if confirmed, she would not bring it back, but Warner asked, “With the benefit of hindsight, do you believe the program… was consistent with American values?”

Instead of reflecting on the past, Haspel said, “We have decided to hold ourselves to a stricter moral standard for DOD that is defined in the army field manual.”

But Warner pressed her specifically on her personal moral code, noting that President Trump––who said on the campaign trail he’d want to bring back “a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”––may ask her to “do something that you believe is morally questionable.”

Haspel said this in response:

“I support the higher moral standard this country has decided to hold itself to. I would never, ever take CIA back to an interrogation program. First of all, CIA follows the law… My moral compass is strong, I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal. I absolutely would not permit it.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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