CIA director nominee says she wouldn't allow agency to undertake "immoral" activity

During her confirmation hearing, Gina Haspel said she wouldn't follow a presidential order she considered "immoral" even if legal.
3:35 | 05/09/18

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Transcript for CIA director nominee says she wouldn't allow agency to undertake "immoral" activity
I heard your. Statement about the fact that your confirmed there will never be interrogation program under your leadership and you. Address the issue. The fact that it is against the law do you believe the program in terms the interrogation program was consistent with American. News senator is we sit here today. Hound him with some distance between us and the events of 9/11. The congress and indeed our nation have had an opportunity to have the debate. About the interrogation. Standards we want to use as the United States of America. We have decided to hold ourselves to a stricter moral standards. For DOD bad as defined in the army field Manuel. I support the United States holding itself to that stricter moral standard. And I support the army field manual but this asphalt that is. Internal legal list I we're asking you to take on positions understand. Authority. You were downstream not part of the policy making. But if you're entrusted with this responsibility. We need to I needed at least get a sense of what your moral code. Says about. Those kind of actions because there is the potential. That this president. Could. Ask you do something he obviously believes in these procedures but even if he ask you to do something. That. Is not directly related to detention interrogation. But if he ask you to do something that you believe is morally questionable even if there isn't a well see. Opinion addicts and expect gives you an get out of jail free card what will you do in that action when you are the director of the C. Senator. My father's watching today he served 33 years in the air force my parents gave me and very strong moral compass. I am I support the higher moral standard that this country has decided to hold itself to. I'd would never. Ever take CIA back to an interrogation program first of all CIA follows the law. We followed the law then we follow the law today. I support the law. I wouldn't support a change in the law. But I'll tell you this I would not put CIA officers at risk by asking them to undertake risky controversy all. Activity. Again. Test from my my question is this. I'm going forward basis. If this president ask you do something that you find. Morally objection objectionable. Even if there is. An OLC opinion. What we do when you carry that out that option and that order or not mean we're in Tressel and a very different position if confirmed I just need to know what. You senator would be my moral compass is strong I would not allowed to see I need to undertake activity that I thought was immoral. Even if it was technically legal. I would absolutely. Not permit it she would not follow the order if you felt it was. Now. I believe that CI aim must undertake activities. That are consistent with American values. America is looked at all over the world as an example to everyone else in the world and we have to uphold that and see Chinese included and that.

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