Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky vowed to filibuster President Donald Trump’s pro-torture nominee Gina Haspel, for CIA director, and Mike Pompeo, for Secretary of State.
Paul told CNN that Pompeo is not a “good fit” for Secretary of State because of his support for overthrowing other countries’ governments:
I think Pompeo’s positions are too much of an advocate for regime change really everywhere… I don’t think our policy ought to be for regime change. So I think Pompeo really isn’t a good fit to be a diplomat or to be the chief diplomat.
Paul said of Haspel:
What America stands for is not torture. Torture is the hallmark of totalitarianism.
Paul noted Haspel’s participation in torture of detainees at CIA “black sites” overseas under W. Bush Administration in POLITICO:
Over the past several days, there has been an increasingly granular debate about the degree of Gina Haspel’s participation in the torturing of detainees at the CIA’s Thailand “black site,” with neocons going out of their way to try to defend the president’s choice to run the agency in the wake of Mike Pompeo’s departure for Foggy Bottom.
Some details may be disputed, but it remains true that Haspel ran a secret center in Thailand where prisoners were tortured.
There is no question that during her career, Haspel participated in and helped develop the program that our own government has labeled torture.