U.S. Senate confirms Haspel to be first woman CIA director

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U.S. Senate confirms Haspel to be first woman CIA director

Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Thu May 17, 2018 6:39 pm

U.S. Senate confirms Haspel to be first woman CIA director

Reuters May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday to be director of the CIA, ending a bruising confirmation fight centered on her ties to the spy agency's past use of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation techniques.

Haspel, who will be the first woman director of the CIA, is a 33-year veteran at the agency currently serving as its acting director. As senators continued to vote, the tally was 51-43 in favor of her nomination in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority was required for confirmation.

Haspel was approved despite stiff opposition over her links to the CIA's use of harsh interrogation methods, including waterboarding, a type of simulated drowning widely considered torture, in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

An undercover officer for most of her CIA career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency conducted interrogations at a secret prison using methods including waterboarding. Three years later, she drafted a cable ordering the destruction of videotapes of those interrogations.

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Postby Grizzly » Thu May 17, 2018 10:58 pm

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a20736366/gina-haspel-confirmed-cia-director-torture/
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Postby stillrobertpaulsen » Fri May 18, 2018 1:51 pm



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