To be clear: Senators voted for Haspel to lead the CIA even after reading about her horrific role in the use of torture.
Wie wurde eine Person, die sowohl in den USA als auch vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof wegen der Führung eines Foltergefängnisses auf der Anklagebank sitzen sollte, zur Direktorin der US Central Intelligence Agency bestimmt? Was ist das ganze Washingtoner Gerede über die Verteidigung der Menschenrechte, wenn eine Folterin mit geheimen Operationen beauftragt wird?
Please, let us not hear again about America liberating other nations and defending human rights, or having a moral conscience, or being a light unto the world.
(8.5.2018) Some of what they did to me in that prison was so awful I can’t talk about it. They hit me in the abdomen just where the baby was. To move me, they bound me to a stretcher from head to toe, like a mummy. I was sure I would shortly be killed.
For the rendition flight to Libya, I was taped to a stretcher again. The tape caught the corner of my eye. It stayed that way, my eye taped open, tears streaming down my face, for more than 14 hours.
After I spent several weeks in a Libyan prison, Colonel Qaddafi’s spies dragged a crib into my cell. I was gravely ill. If I lived through this, I thought, I would be forced to give birth, alone, in this filthy cell.
The Senate Intelligence Committee moved Wednesday to recommend Gina Haspel for CIA director, setting up a floor vote that her opponents say will signal to the world whether the United States condemns or condones torture.
In preparation for her hearing, the CIA declassified a 2011 internal disciplinary review, written by then-deputy CIA director Michael Morell, that Haspel and her allies have said exonerated her.
“I have found no fault with the performance of Ms. Haspel,” Morell wrote. He essentially said she was a “good soldier” who followed orders, including an order to draft the cable to destroy the tapes.
2nd UPDATE: After refusing to directly answer questions about her history as an alleged torturer, Ray McGovern decided to ask Gina Haspel a question or two of his own and he wound up in jail for it, reports Joe Lauria.
The hearing was characterized by gushing tributes from both Democrats and Republicans to the work of an agency long ago dubbed “Murder, Inc.” for its crimes around the world, including the organization of political assassinations, the creation of terrorist armies and the orchestration of fascist-military coups.
But it was probably an unwelcome development for the embattled CIA director nominee that Cheney chose to combine warm words for her with a call for a return to the “enhanced interrogation” techniques that have marred her record and which she is promising to eschew.
(7.5.2018) National security officials and some Republicans are preparing contingency plans in case President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, falters amid questions about her past role in the George W. Bush-era extreme interrogation program and destruction of videotapes of waterboarding, five sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
But by selecting Haspel, who had been with the CIA for more than three decades, Pompeo endeared himself to the rank-and-file early. Her position signaled that Pompeo would be willing to defend the CIA’s counterterrorism work, including the enhanced interrogation program that endangers her nomination today, against a growing push from Capitol Hill and elsewhere against it.
Gina Haspel is best known for running a “black site” torture prison in Thailand during the George W. Bush administration. The prison she ran was the first to test some of the CIA’s most brutal and criminal tactics – including waterboarding, beatings, starvation, and locking men for hours in coffin-like confinement boxes. Press reports place Haspel in charge of the prison when a man was waterboarded multiple times. These torture methods became a template for a program applied to scores of detainees held in a network of secret CIA prisons.
As Haspel rose through the ranks, she asked to be posted to the agency’s counterterrorism center. Her first day on that job: Sept. 11, 2001.