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If confirmed, Haspel would be the first woman to lead the spy agency. Former bosses and colleagues from both parties praise her leadership and professionalism. "I excelled in finding and acquiring secret information that I obtained in brush passes, dead drops or in meetings in dusty alleys of third world capitals".

Yes, he called me Steve, the contraction of my last name. It was on a dark, moonless night with an agent I had never met.

As CNN opinion writer Carrie Sheffield noted, "Haspel has won the backing of national security officials from the right and left, including former Sen".

But her supporters point to her more the 30 years of experience as an undercover operative for the CIA as evidence of her ability to lead the agency.

Now, suppose, which was true, there wasn't just one child, but thousands of Americans of all ages, who could be saved with enhanced interrogation?

Haspel has herself vowed that the so-called detention and interrogation program will not resume under her directorship.

Whether or not she becomes Central Intelligence Agency director, Ms. Haspel's record on torture has lastingly compromised her, just as the practice of torture has lastingly tainted the ideals of our great nation. During her time under Bush, she participated in the interrogation program that the George W. Bush administration rolled out after 911. So far, the only Republicans who have announced opposition to Haspel are Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., is undergoing treatment for brain cancer and may not be available to vote. "However, Ms. Haspel's role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing".

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But she would not say that torture is immoral. "In 2005, as the torture program was coming under investigation, she drafted an order, which he issued, to destroy 92 videotapes of interrogation sessions". He sent the cable himself.

However, that forbearance was turned into active opposition by Haspel's performance at her confirmation hearing.

"Given the nature of CIA's mission, most of her achievements can not be shared publicly", her supporters wrote. It wound down during President George W. Bush's second term, then was banned by President Barack Obama after stirring domestic and global outrage.

"The reason we are doing this.is for us to have a conversation", Kennedy said in the post.

The committee is expected to vote next week, with a full Senate vote in a few weeks.

Paul did talk about his rocky history with McCain and whether considering McCain's condition-he is now battling brain cancer-whether he had reached out to make amends.

After the hearing, Republican Sen. But Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will vote for confirmation, and a couple of other Democrats also facing tough re-election bids may do the same.