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Gina Haspel, Still Shadowed by Dark Past, Has Been Appointed as First Female CIA Director

Updated on May 17, 2018
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Gina Haspel has been confirmed by Senate today, Thursday, May 17th, as the first woman to ever head the CIA. Gina Haspel has been part of the CIA agency for over 30 years, and was chosen by President Donald Trump to be CIA director. Originally hailing from Kentucky, the 61-year-old has promised to oppose any efforts to bring back the interrogation and detainment practices that were used during the George Bush Administration, including the ones that she used herself.


Initially, she faced harsh criticism by Democrats regarding her heinous post 9/11 interrogation and detainment techniques. Some of these techniques included water-boarding and other inhuman torture techniques that left men scarred and permanently damaged according to a United States Navy Reserve Doctor named Sondra Crosby who dealt with a man, Mr. Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, as well as at least 20 others who were detained under CIAs RDI (Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation) program.

9/11 responder in tears after attack
9/11 responder in tears after attack | Source

RDI (Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation)

The CIAs RDI program allowed facilitation of gruesome forms of torture according to Open Society Foundations. It allowed illegal detainment, allowing capture of the wrong people at times, who were later tortured just the same as if they had been guilty. Over 126 individuals in jurisdictions of over 54 different governments were put through the program. The Department of Justice authorized "enhanced interrogation techniques" including:

  • walling (thrusting the detainee through fake walls)
  • water-boarding
  • stress positions
  • wall standing
  • contortionist confinement
  • open handed slapping
  • holding the person being detainees face during interrogation
  • forced nudity
  • sleep deprivation
  • vertical shackling
  • dietary manipulation
  • threatening by dogs
  • sound torture
  • "German chair" torture (using chair frames to stretch the spine)
  • being tied to electrified bed frames
  • threatening of sexual abuse of family members in front of prisoners

More can be found in the executive summary of the SSIC report on CIA detention and interrogation operations here

Although there were plenty of different methods overseen by Haspel, the main reason that people opposed Haspel being made Director of the CIA was because of the vast amount of information that it could compromise, including the sources themselves.


Haspel is helping President Donald Trump prepare for North Korea / US summit

Today, with a full Senate vote for Haspel, Haspel did in fact become the Director. She has many plans for the United States which she did not by any means fail to mention to the Senate in the Senate confirmation hearing. She plans to help tighten cybersecurity and is already making plans on how to deal with the Syrian crisis and ISIS threats. She also is making plans to help President Donald Trump prepare for the upcoming summit between himself and Kim Jong Un on June 12th in persuading Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons and testing plans up. We will soon see how this decision by the Senate will play out.

After becoming CIA Director today, Haspel has plans to help aid President Trump in his upcoming June 12th summit in Singapore with North Korean Chancellor Kim Jong Un.

© 2018 Leah Tibbets


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