Notorious Torturer Gina Haspel Confirmed as CIA Director

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency despite engrained opposition over her involvement in the George W. Bush-era torture program.

While Warner claimed that he believes Haspel "can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", ABC News pointed out that some of the Democrats who stood behind Haspel's confirmation may have had ulterior motives as majority are up for re-election in states where President Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

Six Democrats, four of whom face re-election in the fall in states where President Donald Trump is popular, joined Republicans in voting for Haspel.

"Gina Haspel has openly acknowledged that, as the Acting CIA Director, she is making the decisions about what gets declassified about herself and what does not".

Haspel was approved in spite of stiff opposition stemming from her links to the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered to be torture, in the years after the 9/11 attacks.

"Gina Haspel is among one of the most qualified people to be nominated to be director of the CIA", Warner said.

He had earlier said that Haspel is "one step closer to lead fearless men and women at the CIA".

Republican Senator John McCain, who is undergoing cancer treatment outside of Washington, did not vote.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, said in a floor speech that Haspel "offered up nearly the classic Washington nonapology". Yesterday, she was confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in a 10-5 vote.

These were two clear reasons to oppose Haspel that could cut across party lines: (1) Haspel's reluctance to acknowledge torture's immorality in a public forum and (2) her refusal to be forthright and honest about why the videotapes were destroyed. "On behalf of the Intelligence Community, we salute Director Haspel, a trailblazer.", said Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence.

Maggie Hassan said she agrees with Republican Sen.

Three years later, Ms Haspel ordered the destruction of 92 video tapes that documented the interrogation of him, and Abu Zubaydah, who was also held at the Thai location. However, this version of events is undermined by the facts in the Senate torture report.

She will succeed Mike Pompeo as director.

No Democratic senators from the Pacific Northwest supported Haspel. Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chair Sen.

Nearly all details about Ms. Haspel's record at the agency were classified, and officials there defied calls from some lawmakers to make them available to the public ahead of the vote.

  • Joey Payne