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"The program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world", Gina Haspel, who's now acting chief of the spy agency, said in a letter to Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, ahead of a vote on her nomination.

"I have learned the hard lessons since 9-11", Haspel wrote. Gina Haspe, President Trump's pick to run the Central Intelligence Agency may not either as she's come under fire for utilizing that tactic and other questionable interrogation methods during her career.

Haspel's letter was requested by Sen.

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Warner's vote is crucial for Haspel, given that GOP Sen.

She's expected to be given a positive recommendation from the committee, and will then likely face a full Senate vote sometime next week.

McCain is known as a tough wrangler of votes, and his credibility on the issue of torture is widely respected among his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. President George W. Bush, with encouragement from Vice President Dick Cheney and other advisers, and with the blessing of top government lawyers, ordered "enhanced interrogation" to pry secrets from Al Qaeda operatives and others after the attacks of September 11, 2001. And Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, who was integral to the post-Sept.

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"If I can change one person's mind about what torture is and what I would do to protect American freedom, I will do this for years", he said.

Haspel testified at a Senate hearing that torture does not work as an interrogation technique and that as director her strong "moral compass" would ensure she did not carry out any administrative directive she found objectionable. John McCain, out of Washington battling cancer - additional Republicans would have to join McCain in opposing Haspel for her confirmation to be in jeopardy. She declared that she would not go along with any effort to revive the waterboarding program, not because it would cause undue suffering to the victims of the torture, but because it might harm the torturers.

Three years later, she drafted a cable ordering the destruction of videotapes of those interrogations. Senators also want more information about her role destroying videos of the sessions.

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Before that, Ms. Haspel needs to secure more Republican votes with Mr. Paul, a Kentuckian known for his independent streak and libertarian views, at the center of the confirmation drama. Jeff Flake of Arizona has raised concerns about the nominee. "The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that". A committee vote is expected Wednesday.

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