In a surprise move, Trump yesterday announced that he was removing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replacing him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and elevating Haspel, who was his deputy. According to ProPublica, which cited government records, Haspel was in a leadership position as Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian man whom the Central Intelligence Agency mistakenly believed to be a high-level Al-Qaeda operative, was shackled to a gurney, waterboarded, deprived of sleep, and confined "for hours in a coffin-like box", at times vomiting, urinating on himself, and losing consciousness so that medical personnel had to revive him.
When she was picked as deputy CIA director, her career was lauded by veteran intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who recently retired. Not only did she not call out the use of torture by the C.I.A., but she also embraced its practice.
Sen. Bob Menendez -the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee- signaled CIA Director Mike Pompeo may have the support of some liberal colleagues; citing their prior votes for the Director during other nomination hearings.
Haspel, who has extensive overseas experience, briefly ran a secret CIA prison where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former USA intelligence officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
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Haspel has to prepare for numerous questions in the Senate about her previous role and must explain any involvement in the torture program, which is "one of the darkest chapters in American history", according to Republican Senator John McCain.
The CIA torture program and subsequent coverup inflicted profound harm on human beings.
"If Ms Haspel seeks to serve at the highest levels of United States intelligence, the government can no longer cover up disturbing facts from her past". "The American public deserves to know who its leaders are", Heinrich said.
I applaud the appointment.
Meanwhile, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming told reporters the Senate needs to do a "quick confirmation" process for Pompeo or risk further delays in filling the administration's already hefty vacancies. She is widely respected throughout the Agency, and she will be welcomed in the new job by both current and former employees. She provides advice based on facts and analysis of facts.More news: Coveney takes USA lead role in Greencore shake-up
"I find it just awesome that anyone would consider having this woman at the head of the CIA", Paul told a news conference.
I have had the privilege to work with Ms. Haspel during challenging and intense times for our nation's security. She showed the savvy and grit needed in hard situations that have garnered respect of colleagues and adversaries alike.
Torture, and impunity for torture, are signs of the erosion of the rule of law.
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