I got ANOTHER Toomey response the other day!
This one is different as it's only about half a page. It's dated June 29. Let's go see to which letter of mine Toomey (or his office) is responding.
Thank you for contacting me about the nomination of Gina Haspel as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). I appreciate hearing from you.That makes it easy. He's responding to this letter, my 62st. My letter was written after Senator Toomey had already posted his support of Haspel as Director of the CIA. I pointed out that she oversaw a CIA "black site" in which someone was tortured. Torture is illegal, by the way.
Now that she's been installed as head of CIA, how could we as a nation possibly criticize any other country for whatever torture programs they might be running when our own Director of Central Intelligence oversaw (and covered up) just such a program?And here's how Senator Toomey "answered" my question:
On May 18, 2018, the Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA Director on a bipartisan vote of 54-45. I was proud to support her confirmation given her impressive qualifications and deep experience in the CIA. Ms Haspel has served as a career intelligence officer since 1985 and, prior to her confirmation, held the role of Deputy Director of the CIA. She has excelled in several positions of leadership within the National Clandestine Service and is highly decorated member of the intelligence community. Several former Obama Administration intelligence officials have endorsed her nomination, including James Clapper, Leon Panetta, John Brennan, Michael Hayden, and Mike Morell.But Senator, the question was about the torture. Gina Haspel oversaw a torture program. Torture is a war crime, Senator. How can we protest another country when it tortures when we promoted someone who oversaw a torture program to the top of our own intelligence community?
You didn't answer the question, Senator.