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  • LaaDeeDaaVA (3507 posts)
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    1. Waterboarder, Gina Haspel, new CIA director, is a "seasoned spymaster"

    Gina Haspel, new CIA director, is a “seasoned spymaster”

    Gina Haspel, the newly named director of the CIA, and the first woman named to the position, is a career spymaster who once ran a CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded — a harsh interrogation technique President Donald Trump has supported. <snip>

    She also had a role in the CIA’s former covert program where suspected terrorists were subjected to harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, which simulates drowning. More than a decade after it was last used, the CIA is still haunted by the legacy of a tactic that the U.S. government regarded as torture before the Bush administration authorized its use against terrorist suspects. <snip>

    Haspel briefly ran a secret CIA prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She also helped carry out an order that the CIA destroy its waterboarding videos. That order prompted a lengthy Justice Department investigation that ended without charges.<snip>

    [ACLU’s Deputy Director in Washington office, Christopher Anders] said in February that he was “gravely concerned” about choosing Haspel, and  that] “Pompeo must explain to the American people how his promotion of someone allegedly involved in running a torture site squares with his own sworn promises to Congress that he will reject all forms of torture and abuse.”



    Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.    African proverb  


    • Punxsutawney (2270 posts)
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      2. Lovely

      Someone experienced in the art of torture in charge. Makes sense.

      How low can we go?

      To neoliberals, everyone and everything are disposable. -  Chris Hedges  “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness" - J.K. Galbraith
    • Blackspade (3724 posts)
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      3. Scraping the bottom of the barrel with her…

  • hopemountain (2435 posts)
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    4. some comments re: the sadist –



    Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center and a former U.S. representative who served on the House Intelligence Committee, (comments)


    On Gina Haspel, who oversaw the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, being named as Pompeo’s replacement

    “I think the [confirmation] hearings need to be careful. I lived this history, and I’m the one who then on the Intelligence Committee wrote a letter to the CIA general counsel, who had briefed me on the interrogation, asking him what policy guidance there was for the list of techniques that were used. I never got a substantive answer. My letter was classified — it’s since been declassified, which is why I’m talking about it — but she was very involved in this. And I also urged them not to destroy videotapes, which I was told had been made, and they were destroyed, and she was part of that action. So I think she needs to be asked careful questions. Of course it’s good news, and no surprise to me, that women are competent to head major intelligence agencies. But this part of her experience I hope will be carefully probed in her confirmation hearings.”

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