WASHINGTON, The nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel, pledged she “will not restart” the agency’s interrogation program on Wednesday during testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“I don’t believe that torture works,” said the 30 year CIA officer.
She added that, “We got valuable information from debriefing of Al Qaeda detainees, and I don’t think it’s knowable whether interrogation techniques played a role in that.” Haspel who has been criticized for her role in the controversial “enhanced interrogation program” post September 11, was been reported to have been assigned to a prison where waterboarding techniques were used.
“I would not allow CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if it was technically legal,” she said. “I would absolutely not permit it.” Despite saying, she was “proud” of the CIA’s work following 9/11, she added that she would “never, ever take CIA back to an interrogation program.” Haspel declined to confirm if she had overseen water boarding sessions and told the committee she “absolutely” supported the CIA’s decision to destroy videotapes of the interrogations.
“It was a very dangerous time when there were unauthorized disclosures exposing the program,” she stressed.
Source: Kuwait News Agency