Wednesday, May 09, 2018

No, but thanks for asking

Well, if you had to write a precede for the Fair 'n' Balanced front page about those pesky upcoming hearings, what do you think you'd do?

The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, like the Senate intelligence panel's Democrats, has come out against President Donald Trump's nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA.

Both Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the Democrats question whether Haspel, a longtime CIA agent, is fit to run the agency given her involvement in the torture of prisoners following the attacks in 2001.

Haspel is due to appear Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee for her confirmation hearing.

In case you didn't get it, there's also a photo caption:

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is joining the Senate intelligence panel's Democrats in opposition to Gina Haspel. They question whether the longtime CIA agent is fit to run the agency given her involvement in the torture of prisoners following the 9/11 attacks.  (Reuters)

But no doubt there's a nut graf in there somewhere:

The Al-Qaeda leader, who was captured in March 2003 and was reportedly tortured, asked a military judge Monday at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to share an attachment titled "Additional Facts, Law and Argument in Support" with the intelligence committee, the New York Times reported.

The attachment contains "six specific paragraphs of information" regarding Haspel and was written by Mohammed himself. Marine Lt. Col. Derek A. Poteet, one of Mohammed's lawyers, claims his legal team believes the information is important.

“I am not able to describe the information,” he said, noting that the information came from the detainee himself and not from files turned over by the government to the defense lawyers regarding Mohammed's treatment in the CIA custody.

Multiple Democrats have criticized Haspel's nomination, with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana saying he opposes her because he objects to waterboarding, a controversial enhanced interrogation technique deemed torture by many opponents.

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