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Reports: Gina Haspel Will Vow to Not Restart Torture Program

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CIA Director-nominee Gina Haspel (Sarah Silbiger/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 May 2018 09:50 PM

CIA nominee Gina Haspel intends to promise the agency will not restart a torture program under her leadership, two reports say.

In excerpts of her prepared testimony for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee posted by Axios and CBS News, Haspel acknowledges interest is high about her views on the former "detention and interrogation program."

"I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program," she will vow.

Haspel also will talk about her part in breaking the CIA's glass ceiling.

"I did my part — quietly and through hard work — to break down those barriers," she will say.

"And I was proud to be the first woman to serve as the number-two in the Clandestine Service. It is not my way to trumpet the fact that I am a woman up for the top job, but I would be remiss in not remarking on it — not least because of the outpouring of support from young women at CIA who consider it a good sign for their own prospects."

The excerpts show the acting CIA director will speak proudly about her years undercover in a career that played to her strengths.

"I excelled in finding and acquiring secret information that I obtained in brush passes, dead drops, or in meetings in dusty back allies of third world capitals," she will say. "I recall my first foreign agent meeting was on a dark, moonless night with an agent I'd never met before.

"When I picked him up, he passed me the intelligence, and I passed him extra money for the men he led. It was the beginning of an adventure I had only dreamed of."

And she will assure Congress that "oversight is a vital link to the open society we defend."

"I am a strong believer in the importance of oversight," she will say. "Simply put, experience has taught us that CIA cannot be effective without the people's trust. . . . If we can't share aspects of our secret work with the public, we should do so with their elected representatives."

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