Senate Confirms Gina Haspel as First Female director of CIA

Senate Confirms Gina Haspel as First Female director of CIA

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WASHINGTON(TIP): History was made on May 17   when US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of CIA.

After a protracted confirmation battle 
that resurrected a nationwide debate about the agency’s post-9/11 use of
 enhanced interrogation techniques — thought by many to have constituted
 torture — Gina Haspel will officially become director of the Central 
Intelligence Agency. She is the first operations officer in more than 
five decades – and the first-ever woman – to be named to the role. On 
Thursday, May 17, the Senate voted, 54-45, to confirm Haspel, one day 
after the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a 10-5 vote, reported her 
nomination favorably. Overall, six Democrats voted in support of her 
candidacy; two Republicans, Sens. Flake and Paul opposed it.

President Trump nominated Haspel to the 
post in March, in a tweet, while announcing that her predecessor, former
 CIA director Mike Pompeo, was being tapped to lead the State 

Much of Haspel’s 30-year career at CIA 
was spent in the clandestine service and remains classified. Her 
reported oversight, in 2002, of a secret “black site” in Thailand — 
where detainees were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, 
including waterboarding — generated widespread controversy and ardent 
condemnation from civil rights groups. Her involvement in ordering the 
destruction, in 2005, of 92 videotapes – some of which documented the 
interrogations — while serving as chief of staff to then-Director of the
 clandestine service Jose Rodriguez was also roundly criticized.


Among those opposed was Sen. John 
McCain, R-Arizona, who survived years of torture as a POW in Vietnam, 
and who, as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer,
 was not present for the floor vote. Last week McCain issued a powerful 
statement opposing Haspel’s candidacy, calling her role in overseeing 
the use of torture by Americans “disturbing.”


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