Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Protesters Decrying Torture Dragged From Gina Haspel Senate Hearing


It is my understanding that Ray McGovern and Janice Sevre-Duszynska were arrested and held over. The other arrestees were Dave Barrows, Pete Perry and Tighe Barry, but they were released. Kagiso, Max
·         9:30 a.m.
·         Some protesters are being arrested before a confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as director of the CIA.
·         The protesters began yelling, "stop the torture, stop the torture" and "don't reward torture." U.S. Capitol Police quickly removed them from the hearing room where members of the Senate intelligence committee are holding a confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel.
·         The protesters were among the first to be allowed into the hearing room and wore signs that read "No Torture No Gina" and "Don't Reward Torturers."
·         Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and many rights groups who are critical of her activities related to the shredding of interrogation videotapes in 2005 and her stint at a covert detention site in Thailand where two detainees were waterboarded, which simulates drowning.
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05/09/2018 12:09 pm ET

Protesters Decrying Torture Dragged From Gina Haspel Senate Hearing
Demonstrators gathered inside and outside the building for the CIA nominee’s confirmation hearing.
A Senate hearing for CIA nominee Gina Haspel was met with outcry Wednesday as Code Pink protesters rallied against her on Capitol Hill.
Video shows members of the anti-war and social justice group being dragged from the Senate Office Building while shouting against Haspel’s nomination as CIA director, citing her past ties to the spy agency’s torture program.
“Stop the torture!” protesters repeated. “Don’t reward Gina, say no to Gina!”

The Code Pink protesters just started chanting, protesting Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA, and many of them have now been placed under arrest and dragged forcibly from the hearing room.
Others demonstrated outside the hearing room and the building. 
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We participated in a demonstration opposing the confirmation of Hapsel as CIA Director. Confirming Haspel is a message to gov's all over the world that they can practice #torture freely & w/out consequence. #BlockHaspel @WitnessTorture @CenterofConcern @NRCATtweets @YasmineTaeb

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Rallying outside Hart Senate office building to say #BlockHaspel just minutes before #GinaHaspel testifies before Sen Intel Committe. @WitnessTorture

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The #BlockHaspel argument in a nutshell.

Activists say no to Gina Haspel in front of the Hart Building this morning. #BlockGina #Gina Haspel #CIA

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We were outside of the Senate confirmation hearing this morning to say NO to torture and NO to #GinaHaspel as CIA director!

Earlier in the day, more than 100 retired and former U.S. ambassadors sent a letter to the Senate expressing concern over Haspel’s nomination.
Haspel’s work running a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 has been heavily scrutinized, and personnel at the facility are reported to have waterboarded at least one detainee. Haspel also has been connected to the destruction of video evidence of torture sessions.
At her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, she told Senate Intelligence Committee members that she “fully supports the detainee treatment required by law.”
Protesters from Code Pink are removed before Gina Haspel testifies at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
Protesters from Code Pink are removed before Gina Haspel testifies at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.
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“We followed the law then, we followed the law today. I support the law,” she told Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). “I would not allow the CIA to undertake activity that I thought was immoral, even if I thought it was technically legal.”
Her testimony was interrupted at least twice by additional protesters, including one who shouted “Bloody Gina” while being removed from the room.

Another protester, yelling "Bloody Gina!," is removed by Capitol Police.

MOMENTS AGO: Protester screaming about waterboarding at Gina Haspel Senate confirmation hearing removed by @CapitolPolice.

Code Pink members have become regulars in Washington. The women-led, grassroots group, founded in 2002, has organized demonstrations on a range of issues, including health care, education, and human rights.
Last month, the group attended Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Senate confirmation hearing with signs urging his dismissal. They also protested outside the White House against the appointment of John Bolton as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser. 
Members of Code Pink protest John Bolton's appointment as President Trump's national security advisor during a rally in front
Members of Code Pink protest John Bolton’s appointment as President Trump’s national security advisor during a rally in front of the White House on April 9.

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