Trump urged to immediately appoint haspel was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Erika Holt
May 18, 2018

Opponents of her nomination included more than 100 retired admirals and generals, who said her role in the agency's use of torture would encourage foreign governments to torture American soldiers. "Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders".

"Gina Haspel participated in a torture program that involved beating an (innocent) pregnant woman's stomach, anally raping a man with meals he tried to refuse, and freezing a shackled prisoner until he died".

Haspel is a CIA veteran after more than 30 years with the agency.

In other words, the Senate had to confirm Haspel because previous Central Intelligence Agency director nominees-all men-were not held accountable for their roles in torture. In the memoirs of the former Director of this Center Jose Rodriguez mentioned that haspel has made the destruction of the tapes, which were recordings from the Thai prison.

Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cast the deciding vote. That memo cast Haspel in an unfavorable light, one source told The Intercept.

Some senators were dissatisfied with her answers during a hearing on her confirmation last week to questions about her role in the alleged torture of suspected terrorists following the attacks.

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McCain stated, "Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense". Pressed on the issue by Sen.

Before the voting process began, McConnel said that Haspel "demonstrated candor, integrity, and a forthright approach" throughout the confirmation process and "has quietly earned the respect and admiration" of intelligence community leaders at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and internationally.

Haspel, 61, was born in Ashland, Ky., and attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from the University of Louisville.

Haspel was confirmed in a 54-45 vote on Thursday.

Some Trump-state Democrats, though, including Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Bill Nelson (FL), Sen. Wisconsin's other senator, Republican Ron Johnson, voted yes. John McCain (R-AZ), who is home receiving treatment for brain cancer, was not able to vote.

A Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to endorse her as the next CIA director on Wednesday, paving the way for Thursday's vote.

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