Gina Haspel Confirmed as First Female CIA Director

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Gina Haspel has been confirmed in a 54-45 vote as the first female US CIA director by the US Senate on May 17, 2018 despite some controversy. Having been poised by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Haspel took over former CIA Director John Brennan on May 21, 2018, according to usa today

As soon as GIna Haspel was nominated to be CIA director controversy about the use of torture came roaring back. “In 2002, Haspel was in charge of a secret black site prison in Thailand where detainees were subject to abusive interrogation techniques,” reported from the atlantic

Haspel was CIA Deputy Director before being nominated to be CIA Director. Being President Trump’s nominee to run the agency, Haspel is said to be strongly supported by agency employees from both Republicans and Democrats. Haspel said during her inauguration speech, “We must constantly learn, adjust, improve and strive to be better. We demand it of ourselves and America deserves nothing less,” according to fox10

The controversy surrounding Gina Haspel was about the “black site” torturing in Thailand that lasted 11 years. The CIA interrogated Abu Zubaydah—a Saudi-born Palestinian citizen accused of a “key role” in al-Qaeda, including possible advance knowledge of major attacks—and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri—a Saudi national suspected of involvement in al-Qaeda’s bombing of the American destroyer USS Cole in 2000 according to the atlantic

Some enhanced interrogation techniques included dietary manipulation, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, water dousing, nudity, stress positioning, facial holding, abdominal slapping. In 2006, President George W. Bush banned the use of waterboarding as an interrogation. Waterboarding is a technique in which the person being interrogated is strapped to a board that slopes downward at head as large amounts of water are poured down, blocking breathing passageways, according to business insider

In a hearing before the Senate in response to controversy of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program, Haspel stated, “I understand that what many people around the country want to know about are my views on CIA’s former detention and interrogation program. Having served in that tumultuous time, I can offer you my personal commitment, clearly and without reservation, that under my leadership, CIA will not restart such a detention and interrogation program,” according to patch.com

 

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