Group Wants Trump to Disqualify Haspel for CIA Chief

from Conservative Review:

Shadowy pro-Russia advocacy group behind attacks on CIA’s Haspel

It all started with a mysterious trip to Moscow.

A shadowy organization that is overtly sympathetic to the Russian government — and which was originally formed by anti-war activists — has emerged as one of the foremost critics of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) — a group made up of self-proclaimed whistleblowers, conspiracy theorists, and disgruntled former government employees — released a statement earlier this week opposing Haspel on the grounds that she is alleged to have had a major role in the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program.

“With respect, we veteran intelligence officers from CIA and other agencies urge you to withdraw the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director. From what is already known of her leading role in CIA torture 16 years ago, she has disqualified herself,” VIPS wrote in a memorandum addressed to President Trump. read more

Pompeo May Right the Ship of State…Department

from Conservative Review:

Conservatives should celebrate Pompeo as secretary of state

Can new diplomatic chief drain the bureaucratic swamp at Foggy Bottom?

On Tuesday, the president announced he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the embattled U.S. diplomatic chief who had become deeply unpopular with conservatives. President Trump will replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a former congressman with Tea Party bona fides.

The president said in a statement to the Washington Post: read more