On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the new CIA director, Gina Haspel, left Democrat Senator Jack Reed (RI) speechless after she responded to his question comparing CIA agents to terrorists.
“It’s very simple,” Reed said. “You have an operations officer who is captured. He’s being waterboarded. I’ve asked you very simply: Would you determine that to be immoral and something that should never be done, condoned in any way, shape, or form?”
“Your response seems to be that civilized nations don’t do it but uncivilized nations do it — or uncivilized groups do it,” Reed continued. “A civilized nation was doing it until it was outlawed by this Congress.”
Haspel’s response stunned Reed, leaving him speechless.
“Senator, I would never obviously support inhumane treatment of any CIA officers,” Haspel began. “We’ve lost CIA officers over the years to terrorists. I just gave an example. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed personally killed a Wall Street Journal correspondent and filmed it.”
“I don’t think there’s any comparison between CIA officers serving their country — adhering to U.S. law — and terrorists who, by their very definition, are not following anybody’s law,” Haspel concluded.