Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, said during her Wednesday Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that she does not “believe torture works.”
California senator Kamala Harris said “the president has asserted that torture works,” and asked Haspel if she agreed with his comments.
“Senator, I don’t believe that torture works,” Haspel responded.
She then recounted the history of techniques used by the CIA, particularly in extracting information from terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.
“I believe as many people directors who have sat in this chair before me that valuable information was obtained from senior Al Qaeda operatives that allowed us to techniques,” Haspel explained. “Valuable information was obtained from senior Al Qaeda operatives that allowed us to defend this country and prevent another attack.”
“Is that a yes?” Harris pressed.
“No, it’s not a yes,” Haspel flatly responded.
She continued that the CIA “got valuable information from debriefing of Al Qaeda detainees,” but she was unsure “whether interrogation techniques played a role in that.”
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