1. Action Alert
  2. U.S. Wars & Militarism

The Senate Must Take a Stand Against Torture

By Jim Cason, May 1, 2018

In May, the Senate has a chance to make a firm statement against torture. In the coming weeks, Gina Haspel, the president's pick to lead the CIA, will face hearings and confirmation vote. Ms. Haspel's record of overseeing torture and destroying the evidence makes her the wrong choice; urge your senators to oppose her confirmation.

In the early 2000s, Gina Haspel oversaw a black site in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded. After directly participating in the CIA’s torture program, she was involved in destroying video evidence once Congress began to investigate. While the CIA may have found such behavior appropriate, we need our members of Congress to hold the CIA to a higher standard.

As a Quaker organization, we expect our government to uphold the rights and liberties of each person, regardless of citizenship status. Confirming Haspel would send the message that involvement in torture is not an issue—in fact, it is rewarded with the highest position within the intelligence community. Under an administration which has called for a return to torture, this sends a dangerous message to our government’s agencies and to the international community.

Tell Congress to stand against torture.

We cannot pretend this shameful part of our nation's history doesn't exist. FCNL rarely takes a position on nominations, but given Gina Haspel’s deep involvement in the CIA’s torture program, our faith demands we express our strong opposition to her nomination. Ask your senators to oppose her nomination.

Jim Cason

  • Associate General Secretary for Strategic Advocacy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals.