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UPDATED: Faith Coalition Condemns Nomination of Haspel for CIA due to Past Record on Torture

UPDATE: It is expected that the U.S. Senate will take up the nominations of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel when they return from recess the week of April 7. Please call your Senators every single day until the vote is taken. One of California's own Senators, Diane Feinstein, is a particularly important contact - she has not said yet how she will vote! CALL SENATOR FEINSTEIN every day and URGE HER TO VOTE AGAINST GINA HASPEL on deep moral grounds.  Call Feinstein's office at 202-224-3841 or 415-393-0707 to say NO to Haspel!

March 13, 2018 Press Release:
"With news that President Trump plans to nominate CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA Director, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) reiterates its call for no new government jobs for torturers. Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, said, 'It is morally repugnant that a former head of a CIA torture site who helped destroy videotaped evidence of torture would be elevated to the role of CIA Director. Haspel cannot be trusted to follow the law nor represent our country's fundamental values of ethical government and transparency.'"

As a long-time member of NRCAT, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice asks you to:
1) contact your Senators and urge them to VOTE NO on Haspel nomination. (See below for contact information for Senators Feinstein and Harris.)
2) sign NRCAT's petition to the U.S. Senate stating, "It is a moral outrage for someone who headed a CIA torture site and destroyed videotaped evidence of torture to become CIA Director. Stand up for our democracy and the rule of law by blocking President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director." Click here to sign.

Background material from the ACLU and a link to a letter signing page to U.S. Senators (where you can sign the letter as is or add your own comments) is provided by this Peninsula Peace & Justice Center action page. Or you may use the information below to contact California Senators directly.

For more information, read this AP story with some background on Gina Haspel. The article also quotes Senator Dianne Feinstein and notes that Feinstein does not say how she will vote! All the more important to call and email her!

Contact Information:
Senator Kamala Harris
Click here to send email through her website.

Senator Diane Feinstein
Click here to send email through her website.

NRCAT also invites you to share this Tweet: and Facebook post:  These posts link to the petition calling for opposition to Ms. Haspel's nomination.

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