U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

With CIA nominee, we must draw a line on torture

With CIA nominee, we must draw a line on torture

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, reportedly considered withdrawing from consideration because she didn’t want to become “the next Ronny Jackson.” That comparison is apt only in that she could and should face difficult questioning from the Senate, as Mr. Trump’s one-time nominee to lead the Veterans Administration would have. But the reasons for that are very different. Dr. Jackson was flagrantly unqualified to lead the second-largest federal agency. Ms. Haspel, a 33-year CIA veteran with strong relationships within the agency, is unquestionably capable of stepping into the top job. Dr. Jackson faced character questions about his personal conduct and treatment...

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