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Daily Action: Tell Feinstein To Oppose Torturer's Nomination as CIA Director

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator Feinstein's in _______________, California. I am calling to urge her to oppose Gina Haspel's nomination to be Trump's new CIA Director. Ms. Haspal’s history running a black-ops site in Thailand and overseeing the use of torture makes her unqualified to run the CIA. She should be in prison, not in public service. I expect a more ethical and principled person for this position. Thank you!

Last week Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter, setting off a game of musical chairs in which current CIA Director Mike Pompeo would replace Tillerson and Pompeo's vacancy would then be filled by the CIA's current Deputy Director, Gina Haspel. She is, however, a uniquely poor and un-American choice for this role, having been deeply involved in torture programs during George W. Bush's presidency.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a longtime critic of the use of torture, has called for the release of classified documents related to Haspel's tenure running a secret “black site” CIA prison in Thailand, where waterboarding and other brutal methods of torture were conducted under her watch. (In 2005, a document featuring Haspel's name ordered agents to destroy video evidence of the interrogations, in order to cover up the use of torture.) Nevertheless, Feinstein said last week that she has not made a decision on Haspel, and sounded open to her nomination. “We’ve had dinner together. We have talked," Feinstein said. "Everything I know is she has been a good deputy director."

Sen. Rand Paul already has announced his opposition to Haspel's nomination, and his fellow Republicans Susan Collins and John McCain have said they have reservations about her. If one of them decides to oppose her, Haspel's nomination will fail -- provided that Democrats uniformly oppose it. Feinstein's wavering is a risk the nation can't afford.