Even the US Senate has approved the CIA’s very first female director, in spite of its own role from the spy agency’s post-9/11 interrogation programme.
Gina Haspel’s affirmation in a 54-45 vote follows a partisan fight among senators about the CIA’s Bush-era utilization of techniques like waterboarding.
M-S Haspel, a CIA veteran, after oversaw a alleged black-site from Thailand soon after the 11 September strikes.
Republican senator John McCain – who was tortured during his more than five years in a Vietnamese prison – had declared his opposition to US President Donald Trump’s nominee.
On Wednesday, a single prominent Democrat said he’d cross party lines to vote to confirm.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner explained M-S Haspel had indicated the bureau needs to never have used so called enhanced interrogation practices.
He said she had vowed to not make use of such processes even in the event the president needed.
“I really consider she is someone who could and will stand until the president, who will speak real truth to energy in case this president orders her to accomplish something illegal or immoral, such as, for instance, a come back to torture,” he said in a speech ahead of the vote.
Even a 33-year-veteran of the bureau, M-S Haspel spent most of her vocation as an undercover operative.
Back in 2002, she was selected by the bureau to conduct a “black site” in Thailand in which severe interrogation techniques that the Senate report termed to be torture were used.
Three years after, M-S Haspel arranged the devastation of videotapes that documented the interrogations.
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