Gina Haspel, the president’s controversial pick to lead the CIA, helped implement the agency’s torture program under the George W. Bush administration.
A decorated 33-year veteran of the agency, Haspel ran a secret prison in Thailand where detainees were tortured, and later ordered the destruction of tapes of the brutal treatment.
Her nomination, which comes after CIA Director Mike Pompeo was selected to take over as secretary of state, has drawn new attention to the agency’s stance on torture.
President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency helped implement the agency’s torture program under the George W. Bush administration, a record that will make her confirmation process difficult and likely ugly.
Gina Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985 and spent most of her career undercover, oversaw the waterboarding and use of other “enhanced interrogation techniques” – authorized by the Bush administration and later outlawed by President Barack Obama and Congress — at a secret CIA prison in Thailand in 2002.
On Tuesday, Haspel was nominated to become the agency’s first female director after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.
Under Haspel’s watch, one detainee, Abu Zubaydah, was …read more
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