Gina Haspel, CIA pick, easily clears intel committee

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Gina Haspel, CIA pick, easily clears intel committee

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to recommend Haspel's confirmation by the full Senate.

Haspel was backed by many in the CIA rank-and-file and was robustly supported by senior intelligence officials, including six former CIA directors and three former national intelligence directors, who said she earned the chance to take the helm of the nation's premier spy agency.

The panel released the results of the closed-door vote without providing further details. It will make Haspel, a 61-year-old Russian Federation specialist, the first-ever woman to lead the CIA, and the first director who spent an entire career in the agency's clandestine services. Instead, Haspel wrote that it was a mistake not to "brief the entire committee at the beginning", suggesting that if only the full intelligence committees had been briefed, they would have offered consensus support for torture.

Kamala Harris, the US Senator from California who vigorously questioned Haspel, has led Democrats in opposing Haspel's confirmation. Now, one of the chief perpetrators of the crimes the report exposed is being elevated to head the Central Intelligence Agency, with the Democrats supplying the necessary votes in a narrowly divided Senate that otherwise, due to opposition from Republicans John McCain and Rand Paul, would lack the votes to confirm Haspel.

Activists say Haspel's expected appointment sends message that in United States, "you can make a career while you torture people".

Haspel supervised one of the covert detention sites in Thailand where suspects were harshly interrogated.

Yet the Senate now stands poised to confirm the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the world was watching the confirmation vote, which he called a "referendum on torture".

Less than a month ago, President Trump's nominee for the VA head chose to withdraw his name from consideration as allegations mounted-which he vehemently denied-of his having created a "toxic" work environment and assorted other peccadillos. The remaining five Democrats had announced their opposition. If she were disqualified, so would have been appointees of the Obama administration who served in the intelligence community at that time.

"Her being the first female director does not make a difference", Flaherty said.

In 2002, Haspel oversaw the torture of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole.

In an interview, Gerald Staberock, secretary general of the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), said Haspel's expected confirmation is a "terrible message by the USA that torture is not a crime".

He wondered aloud what Haspel would do if she's asked to do something that goes against America's core values. Yet when the pressure came, Warner chose to ensure that nothing that would really jeopardize Haspel's confirmation became public.

American bourgeois "democracy" has been reduced, behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus that operates outside of any legal restraints.

Is it still true that Bush and Cheney are afraid to travel outside the United States, lest they get a extended stay at the global court of justice at the Hague?

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