VFP 92 opposes the appointment of Gina Haspel as CIA Director
"Veterans For Peace Chapter 92 opposes the appointment of Gina Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency because she was the supervisor of a CIA black site where torture was employed and then participated in a coverup of the crime, by allegedly drafting a memo directing destruction of videotapes of the torture, in a coordinated CIA attempt to frustrate Congressional oversight and preclude accountability. And then, to intimidate others inside the CIA that might object to participating in such unethical and immoral behavior, she supported the prosecution and jailing of a career CIA professional, John Kiriakou, who had declined to participate in the torture and then blew the whistle on it when there was no accoutability. Haspel’s unethical and immoral behavior in this cannot be construed as supporting the oath she took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Torture is illegal under international law, and United States law. Torture is considered immoral, a serious breach of the Geneva Conventions. It is ineffective in gathering intelligence, its use puts U.S. service and government personnel in danger because it gives justification for our enemies to also do so in violation of the Geneva Convention. The US should set an example for the world, and be seen as trustworthy, moral, ethical, and on the high ground. Approval of Ms. Haspel as CIA director would be an endorsement of torture, coverup, and unethical immoral conduct by our government. It sends the wrong message."