Former CIA Interrogator: Dems' Questions to Haspel Were More About Politics Than Reality
Dr. James Mitchell, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former CIA interrogator, said Democrats' questions to CIA director nominee Gina Haspel were more about "partisan politics" than reality.
Haspel, a three-decade CIA veteran, faced tough questioning from Senate Democrats over her past role in enhanced interrogations of terror suspects.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly pressed Haspel for a yes-or-no answer on whether the techniques were "immoral," but Haspel refused to give such an answer.
"I think they have completely misrepresented who she is. She is a hero who should be put into a position where she can keep Americans safer," Mitchell said.
He said the CIA exists to provide intelligence to the people who have to make very difficult decisions, and there are often moral conflicts in obtaining that intelligence.
He said it's inappropriate to look back on a different situation and different moral landscape and judge those who made hard choices to keep Americans safe.
"If it's an easy decision, you don't need that sort of information," Mitchell said. "I think that the situation has changed enough now that we probably don't need an enhanced interrogation program. But if [terrorists] ever get a nuclear weapon, we might need an enhanced interrogation program."