Gina Haspel personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison during the Bush administration. She then made sure the video evidence was destroyed.
Torture is illegal in all circumstances, without exception. It was illegal then and it’s illegal now. Gina Haspel carried out crimes but, instead of punishment, she’s getting a promotion. Unless we stop her. It’s up to the Senate to decide whether to confirm or reject Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. We can block her if Democrats vote together.
We cannot allow a war criminal to lead the CIA. Here’s how we’re going to #BlockHaspel:
Indivisible set up a toll-free number 855-980-2350 so you can easily call your senator directly and tell them to publicly oppose Haspel’s nomination.
Let’s get ready to light up the Senate phone lines this week.
[IF STAFFER SAYS YES]
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator [name] shares your concerns and will be voting against this nomination.
Caller: I’m very glad to hear that—will [he/she] be making a public statement condemning this choice and urging [his/her] colleagues to oppose, as well?
Staffer: I can relay that to my boss.
Caller: Please do. Haspel is an unacceptable choice and it’s important for the senator not just to oppose her, but to use [his/her] platform to increase pressure for other senators. I’ll be watching for [his/her] statements.
[IF STAFFER SAYS NO]
Staffer: Thank you for calling. Senator [name] supports Gina Haspel’s nomination and admires her decades of public service. She did what she was asked to do by her country, in order to keep people safe.
Caller: That’s not acceptable. Torture was, and is, illegal no matter what. There are no exceptions and it’s a crime. “Following orders” is not a justification. Additionally, her cover-up of the crimes through destruction of video evidence is enough in itself for the Senator to oppose her. I urge [him/her] to re-think his position.
Staffer: I’ll relay that to the boss.
Caller: Yes, please do. I am very concerned about this nomination and will be checking back to see if the senator has changed [his/her] position.