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Appointed director of the CIA a veteran who allowed the torture of detainees

Trump ascends to number two of the agency after naming Pompeo secretary of state

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Appointed director of the CIA a veteran who allowed the torture of detainees

With appointment of Gina Haspel as new director of CIA, first woman to occupy position, American intelligence agency not only reopens but implicitly endorses one of its darkest chapters. Haspel, 61, oversaw torture of terrorism suspects in CIA's dire secret prisons in past decade and participated in decision to destroy a video on abuses. This slab has not impeded brilliant ascent of this veteran of organization. A year ago she was named number two CLA and this Tuesday President Donald Trump proposed as a director to replace Mike Pompeo, nominated as new Secretary of state.

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But to be confirmed to new office, designation of Haspel must be approved by Senate, which will force it to have to testify before committee of Intelligence and give for first time public explanations on its role in tortures and dirty war against T Mistake. In ory, designation is not in danger because Republicans have simple majority necessary to approve it in upper house.

What is given for granted is that Haspel will face uncomfortable questions from legislators, especially Democrats. For example, in 2013 when n director of CIA proposed her as a clandestine operations officer, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, n head of Intelligence Committee, blocked designation for her role in program of Questioning terrorism suspects. The CLA ended up proposing to someone else for that job.

Gina Haspel, during William J. Donovan Awards Dinner, in 2017.

Haspel entered CIA in 1985 and has since worked primarily as a covert agent in various places in world. It accumulates an enormous experience, which has been praised and that will serve to pilot organization from its headquarters in Langley (Virginia).

Following 9/11 attacks in 2001, CIA began its controversial programme of enhanced interrogation techniques for people who were detained for ir suspicions of links to jihadi terrorism and transported to secret centres in several countries. These techniques included torture, such as simulated drowning (waterboarding), according to furr research. The n president, Republican George W. Bush, considered m legal and members of CIA have assured that y believed to be acting properly. In 2009 his replacement, Democrat Barack Obama, banned m but decided not to take legal action against CIA workers who participated in interrogations.

Mike Pompeo, Director of CLA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become new Director of CIA, and first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018

As an electoral candidate and in first weeks of his presidency, Trump pleaded for torturing militants of Islamic State and boasted of its efficacy, which cost him an avalanche of criticism. The president ended by softening his proposal after his secretary of defense, James Mattis, convinced him of ineffectiveness of abuses, which continue to be vetoed by law.

But designation of Haspel, in February 2017 as Deputy director and now as director of CIA, is interpreted as a recognition of Trump's abuses of detainees. Also by Pompeo, who has said that waterboarding is not torture and has considered "patriots" to those who used it after 9/11.

The CIA's first secret prison was located in Thailand and its responsible was precisely Haspel. In 2002, she oversaw brutal extrajudicial questioning of alleged members of Al Qaeda Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. The first was subjected to simulated drowning 83 times in a month, according to a Senate investigation. Repeatedly he hit his head against a wall, lost vision in one eye and for a moment he thought he was dead.

In 2003, Haspel became chief of staff of Jose Rodriguez, n director of counter-terrorism of CIA, and n held same position when he was appointed head of covert operations. It was in that position, from which he knew intricacies of interrogation program for detainees, when in 2005 Haspel participated in decision to destroy videos of tortures to Zubaydah and Al-Nashiri. The CIA assures that order was given by Rodriguez but name of Haspel is one that appears in message that asks to get rid of tests, according to newspaper New York Times. Now, Trump has decided that this whole past will surface again in Washington.

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