Open Letter

We Oppose the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel:
An Open Letter

The undersigned individuals and organizations urge Senators Cantwell and Murray and all Washingtonians to oppose the nominations of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State and of Gina Haspel as Director of the CIA.

Mr. Pompeo is not qualified to be Secretary of State:

- His repeated Islamophobic statements make him unsuited to represent the United States in global affairs, and his confirmation would be an embarrassment and an insult to all who value religious freedom and diversity. It would also lend support to a growing and dangerous Islamophobic movement within the United States.

- His frequent bellicose statements would make it more likely for the U.S. to enter an unnecessary, deadly, and expensive war.

- His support for torture demonstrates that he does not respect human rights and the rule of law.

Ms. Haspel is not qualified to be Director of the CIA:

- As chief of base at a CIA "black site," she oversaw the use of torture. No one with a history of participation in torture should lead the CIA. Her confirmation would signal a normalization of torture, perpetuate the falsehood that torture was legal and could be made legal again, and encourage future human rights abuses in the agency.

- Her participation in the destruction of evidence of CIA torture reveals a blatant disregard for law, transparency and accountability.

THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SIGNED OUR LETTER (as well as nearly 300 individuals). We are grateful and honored to have their support!

Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT)

Church Council of Greater Seattle

Olympia Zen Center, Soto Zen Buddhism

Veterans for Peace - Greater Seattle Chapter 92

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 98225


Olympia Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation

Seattle Chapter Fellowship of Reconciliation

Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation,

Phinney Neighbors for Peace and Justice

Havurat Ee Shalom, Vashon Island, 98070

First Congregational, United Church of Christ

Fellowship of Reconciliation
Fire Mountain Chapter, Chehalis

Christian Peacemaker Team Support Group
Seattle Mennonite Church

Amnesty International UW (AIUW)

Peace Action Group of Plymouth Church
Seattle, United Church of Christ

Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Seattle

Faith Action Network, Seattle

West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice

University Temple United Methodist Church

Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane

Center for Justice

Salam Lutheran Church

Spokane Ministerial Fellowship

Spokane Community Against Racism (S.C.A.R.)

Morning Star Baptist Church, Spokane

MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network)

Indivisible Puyallup

El Centro de la Raza

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)

Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition

Indivisible Washington 8th District


Islamic Center of Olympia

One America

Entre Hermanos

Seattle First Baptist Church

Please send an email to info@wsrcat.org.

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By sending this email, you agree that your name will be sent to our Senators and that organizational signatures may be publicized.

This letter was initiated by the Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT), which has worked to end all U.S. torture since 2007. Consistent with the United Nations Convention Against Torture, WSRCAT opposes all torture under any circumstances.

Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture - WSRCAT

Torture is a crime against humanity.


Torture is Always Wrong