Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA’s first female director

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44159593

The US Senate has approved the CIA’s first female director, despite her role in the spy agency’s post-9/11 interrogation programme.

Gina Haspel’s confirmation in a 54-45 vote follows a partisan fight among senators about the CIA’s Bush-era use of techniques such as waterboarding.

Ms Haspel, a CIA veteran, once oversaw a so-called black site in Thailand after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

The former CIA chief, Mike Pompeo, left to become US Secretary of State.

Republican Senator John McCain – who was tortured during his more than five years in a Vietnamese prison – had earlier announced his opposition to US President Donald Trump’s nominee.

On Thursday, six Democrats crossed party lines to vote in her favour.

One of them, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, said Ms Haspel had told him the agency should never have resorted to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

He said she had pledged never to use such methods even if the president demanded it.

“I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the president, who will speak truth to power if this president orders her to do something illegal or immoral, like a return to torture,” he said in a speech before the vote.

Two Republicans – Jeff Flake and Rand Paul – voted against Ms Haspel, meaning she would not have been confirmed without support from Democrats.

A 33-year-veteran of the agency, Ms Haspel, 61, spent most of her career as an undercover operative.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Haspel

Between October and December 2002, Haspel was assigned to oversee a secret CIA prison in Thailand, code-named Cat’s Eye, that housed persons suspected of involvement in Al-Qaeda. The prison was part of the US government’s extraordinary rendition program after the September 11 attacks, and used enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding that are considered by many to be torture although those methods were deemed legal at the time by agency lawyers. According to a former senior CIA official, Haspel arrived as station chief after the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah but was chief during the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

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the fox is officially in charge of the hen house..

“A 33-year-veteran of the agency, Ms Haspel, 61, spent most of her career as an undercover operative.”

aka..an international agent provocateur..

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~ by seeker401 on May 21, 2018.

3 Responses to “Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA’s first female director”

  1. ““I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the president, who will speak truth to power if this president orders her to do something illegal or immoral, like a return to torture,””

    haha! He believes her. Not based on her immoral past, just plainly believes her. dumb

  2. https://hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/fbi-mole-stefan-halper-a-crown-agent/

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