Lawmakers, activists decry CIA No. 2’s link to black site prison torture

Donald Trump’s selection of an officer, linked to CIA’s notorious torture of terror suspects in overseas black site prisons, as the spy agency’s deputy chief has sparked opposition by Democratic lawmakers and human rights activists.

The US president picked as the Central Intelligence Agency’s second-in-command a veteran clandestine officer, Gina Haspel, “who oversaw the brutal interrogation of two terrorism suspects at a black site in Thailand — and then later played a role in the destruction of video tapes documenting the harsh treatment of the detainees,” Washington-based news outlet The Hill reported Saturday citing “multiple reports.”

The development comes amid reports that the Trump administration intended to reopen CIA’s overseas “black site” prisons, where agency officers once tortured terrorism suspects, but backed off due to a strong bipartisan opposition from Congress and cabinet officials.

According to the report,…

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