Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the nominee for CIA chief whose confirmation vote is set for Monday, has said he would consider re-authorizing waterboarding and other forms of torture.In a series of written responses (pdf) to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, who asked if he would refrain from renewing \u0022waterboarding or any other enhanced interrogation techniques,\u0022 Pompeo wrote that he would \u0022consult with experts\u0022 on any changes to the Army Field Manual, including in regard to \u0022treatment and interrogation of individuals.\u0022\u0022I would expect to consult with the full Congressional Intelligence Committees on any differences that are appropriate, including any changes to law that would be required,\u0022 he wrote. \u0022If experts believed current law was an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country, I would want to understand such impediments and whether any recommendations were appropriate for changing current law.\u0022Pompeo has also previously described CIA staff who waterboarded detainees as \u0022patriots.\u0022Human rights groups used Pompeo\u0026#039;s answers, as well as his track record of support for mass surveillance, to call on senators to reject his nomination.\u0022Pompeo\u0026#039;s responses to questions about torture and mass surveillance are dangerously ambiguous about whether he would endorse abusive practices and seek to subvert existing legal protections,\u0022 said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, U.S. program co-director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a statement Saturday.\u0022Pompeo\u0026#039;s failure to unequivocally disavow torture and mass surveillance, coupled with his record of advocacy for surveillance of Americans and past endorsement of the shuttered CIA torture program, make clear that he should not be running the CIA,\u0022 she said.In his response, Pompeo—who voted for the USA Freedom Act that effectively ended the collection of metadata, which reveals information such as time, place, and duration of phone calls—also indicated that he would resurrect the program \u0022if....agency officials inform me they believe the current programs and legal framework are insufficient to protect the country.\u0022His responses mean the Senate\u0026#039;s vote Monday will be a question of principle, as The Intercept\u0026#039;s Zaid Jilani puts it. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.),\u0026nbsp; for one, has vowed to \u0022strongly\u0022 oppose him, as his nomination comes \u0022at a time of massive attacks on privacy.\u0022Pompeo was originally slated for a confirmation vote Friday, but a group of Democrats, led by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon—who serves on the intelligence committee—objected to the date as it coincided with President Donald Trump\u0026#039;s swearing-in ceremony.\u0022No CIA director in history has ever been confirmed on Inauguration Day,\u0022 the Democrats wrote in a statement. \u0022The importance of the position of CIA director, especially in these dangerous times, demands that the nomination be thoroughly vetted, questioned, and debated.\u0022Over the weekend, Trump indicated that he might seek to loosen torture restrictions, saying in a meeting with intelligence officials, \u0022We haven\u0026#039;t used the abilities we\u0026#039;ve got. We\u0026#039;ve been restrained.\u0022Pompeo\u0026#039;s confirmation vote is scheduled for 6:00pm Monday.