Avril Haynes: trust in intelligence agencies needs to be restored
Senate confirms Avril Haines as director of national intelligence
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing to approve Avril Haynes for the post of head of National Intelligence
Avril Haynes – the woman, nominated by President-elect Joe Biden for the post of head of National Intelligence, considers it her top priority to restore confidence in the American intelligence services, both on the part of the Americans themselves and on the part of key allies of Washington. Haynes said this on Tuesday afternoon at a hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee. «Voices of America» Jeff Seldin.
Haynes, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a White House adviser, called the restoration of confidence in the American intelligence community «perhaps the greatest problem», with the need to solve which the new director of the National Intelligence Service will face, adding that she is ready to work on solving this problem.
«To work effectively, the Director of National Intelligence must never shy away from telling the truth to the authorities … Especially when it comes to “uncomfortable” or difficult (questions)», – Haynes said in response to questions from senators.
«The Director of National Intelligence must insist that there should be no place for political interests in all matters concerning the intelligence community», – added Haynes, stressing that she believed President-elect Biden «expects this from us» approach.
The candidate for the post of Director of the National Intelligence Service also stated that the new administration faces a confrontation with traditional and new threats. The first task of state actors, according to Haynes, will be to counter China.
«Our approach to China must evolve and … match the reality in which China is behaving so assertively and aggressively», – said Haynes, suggesting that Washington also borrow «aggressive stance» regarding Beijing.
When asked about the possible return of the United States to a nuclear deal with Iran, Haynes urged to act with extreme caution..
«Frankly, we are far from (returning to the ranks of the parties to the deal), she said, adding that Tehran should not be allowed to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons..
«Iran poses a threat and destabilizes the region», – Haynes said, noting her concerns about regime support for puppet armed and terrorist groups and Tehran’s ballistic missile program.
Other major threats, according to Haynes, include the effects of global climate change, cyberattacks, terrorism, corruption and disinformation campaigns, including those carried out by Russia and China..
Haynes promised lawmakers that if approved by the Senate, she will also do her best to fight the coronavirus pandemic, «while solving long-term problems of future biological crises»