Former UFC star WATERBOARDS himself in freakish Donald Trump statement

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"I have learned the hard lessons since 9-11", Haspel wrote.

President Donald Trump's pick to head the CIA says the agency's enhanced interrogation program "is not one the CIA should have undertaken".

Mark Warner said Tuesday he was supporting her nomination in what he described as a "difficult decision".

He also cited the support for Haspel by former CIA directors under the Obama administration, Leon Panetta and John Brennan, and General Michael Hayden, first appointed director of the National Security Agency by Democratic President Bill Clinton and later CIA director under George W. Bush. The committee is set to vote on her nomination Wednesday.

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McCain's comments sparked a fresh debate over now-banned torture techniques ahead of Senate voting. And Former Vice-President Dick Cheney, who was integral to the post-Sept. Asked about the Iran nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from last week, she said that Iran had continued to substantially meet its commitments, including by observing limits on its centrifuges and amounts of low-enriched uranium and by not pursuing the original design of its heavy water research reactor.

The path to confirmation as Central Intelligence Agency director cleared Tuesday for Gina Haspel after she explicitly condemned the brutal Bush-era interrogation methods used on terror suspects. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is not expected because he is home battling cancer. 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.

For example, Haspel had testified that she was only briefed about the interrogation program after a year. Senators also want more information about her role destroying videos of the sessions. With Warner's support, she is expected to have the backing of all eight committee Republicans and at least two of the seven Democrats.

An undercover officer for most of her 33-year career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency conducted interrogations at a secret prison using methods including waterboarding, which is widely viewed as torture.