Gina Haspel Faces Questions Over CIA Role In Torture


What is Gina Haspel's connection to black sites?

"The media is also likely to refer to a moment in her career when she drafted a cable instructing a field station to destroy videotapes of Central Intelligence Agency interrogations of senior al-Qaida operatives", Morell wrote when Haspel became deputy Central Intelligence Agency director a year ago.

When the Bush administration wanted to torture suspected terrorists after 9/11, it adopted "enhanced interrogation techniques".

The investigative news outlet incorrectly reported that she oversaw the black site when al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded there 83 times, and that she privately mocked the prisoner.

A day before the Times' correction, ProPublica retracted its story from previous year that made the same claim, while also asserting that Haspel mocked Zubaydah's suffering. But he was permanently damaged (and almost killed) by interrogations in Thailand that included 83 waterboardings, and later tortured some more at a second black site in Poland (for which Poland was ultimately fined by the European Court of Human Rights). In a waterboarding session, the person is strapped flat on a board tilted so the feet are elevated higher than the head. The executive summary of a still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report describes the torture regime in (literally) agonizing detail at "Detention Site Green", the code name for the CIA detention facility in Thailand that Haspel ran starting in July 2002. Republicans only have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and, already, both Sen. Among them was Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul, who said earlier this week that he will try to stop her confirmation. John McCain, R-Ariz.: "The Senate must do its job in scrutinizing the record and involvement of Gina Haspel in this disgraceful program".

Surveillance leaker Edward Snowden said that she was a "key part of the torture program and its illegal cover-up" and Sen.

Despite the clear public interest, there's also nearly no chance the government will release the full Senate torture report-which consists of thousands of pages of evidence-any time soon.

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In the 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor, Pope St. John Paul II taught that torture is "intrinsically evil".

"Torture is always and everywhere wrong", Msgr.

After President Barack Obama's election, the torture program was dismantled, but those who authorized it, those who oversaw it and the torturers themselves all avoided prosecution.

Msgr. Swetland said some other enhanced interrogation techniques, such as sleep deprivation, noise and confinement, may or may not be torture, "depending on how they were administered". Trump said. "And if they do want to do [torture], I will work toward that end".

The Cipher Brief, a blog run by former USA intelligence officials, solicited comments on Haspel's nomination from six former US officials. "I believe in journalistic practice, this a 'never event.' This should never happen". Haspel's selection faced immediate opposition from some lawmakers and human rights groups because of her prominent role in one of the agency's darkest chapters.

"Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA's interrogation program during the confirmation process", continued McCain. "I was so angry, knowing that the higher-ups in the administration knew he was tortured, and that the information he was giving up was tainted by the torture, and that it became one reason to attack Iraq". Only after the Bush administration tried to argue that waterboarding was "enhanced interrogation", and not torture banned by USA and global law, did a domestic debate arise. Cheney also claimed that the CIA's use of torture produced valuable intelligence that saved American lives. He said there is a remaining "sliver of doubt among some people" as to whether waterboarding is torture, attributing the belief to the idea that the physical injuries or damage inflicted are not permanent, and the action just produces fear and extreme bodily discomfort.

"America continues to suffer the consequences of those twin acts, the torture and the cover-up", she added.