President Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, faced a divided Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. Many lawmakers praised Haspel's decades of service, while others expressed concern about her work in 2002 at a "black site" in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded. Haspel stressed that "on my watch, CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program," although she dodged direct questions about whether she viewed the agency's decisions as immoral or ineffective. Haspel additionally praised the "extraordinary work" the CIA did to keep the U.S. safe after 9/11. Democratic Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), the committee's vice chairman, said in his opening remarks that Haspel's stated commitment to not restarting controversial interrogation techniques "is not enough."
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