May 07, 2018
The most familiar and widely-used euphemism for the CIA's torture of human beings--misleadingly deployed by human rights violators, lawmakers, and many uncritical journalists over recent years--has been "enhanced interrogation techniques."
"Being responsible for torture doesn't make you tough on terrorism. It makes you guilty of crimes against humanity."
But early Monday morning, in order to defend his troublesome pick to lead the CIA Gina Haspel--who played a key role in the agency's post-9/11 torture program--President Donald Trump simply described Haspel as someone who was "tough on terrorists" to explain the reason she is "under fire" by human rights defenders, lawmakers, and the voting public who oppose her nomination.
\u201cMy highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists. Think of that, in these very dangerous times, we have the most qualified person, a woman, who Democrats want OUT because she is too tough on terror. Win Gina!\u201d— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1525691087
Clearly, coming from a president whose capacity for lying and ignoring facts remains rather unparalleled in modern times, it was a statement so distant from reality--and divorced from human decency--that critics quickly fired back:
\u201cThe President is defending his CIA Director nominee *because* she participated in illegal, immoral torture. That's a true danger in these times. https://t.co/arURjaXXZA\u201d— Hina Shamsi (@Hina Shamsi) 1525695050
With Haspel facing a scheduled confirmation hearing in the Senate on Wednesday, critics of her nomination are ramping up their campaign to make sure every senator is under pressure to oppose approving someone so intimately involved in the CIA's mistreatment and abuse of the people it detained:
\u201cText HASPEL to 977-79 for the latest updates on Haspel's nomination and get ready to take action this coming week! #BlockHaspel\u201d— Indivisible Guide (@Indivisible Guide) 1525566960
Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.
We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.