The CIA’s Big Lie for Gina Haspel

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The Central Intelligence Agency is rolling out the “big lie” on Capital Hill in order to gain confirmation for Gina Haspel as its director.  Haspel became the CIA’s deputy director in February 2017 when then CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has endorsed torture and abuse, ignored the Senate Intelligence Committee’s authoritative report on torture and named one of tortures strongest advocates within the National Clandestine Service.  The director of the Senate’s report, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D/CA) actually blocked Haspel’s appointment to become deputy director for operations in 2013 because of Haspel’s links to torture and abuse.

Haspel, who is known as “Bloody Gina” to some of her Agency colleagues, was a leading protagonist for the torture program on the seventh floor of CIA’s headquarters building.  She was a deputy and protege to Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s notorious former deputy director for operations and former director of the Center for Counterterrorism.  If the CIA’s torture and abuse program had a godfather, it was Rodriguez.  Haspel was a devoted acolyte.

As a result, Haspel became the commander of the Agency’s secret prison in Thailand in 2002, where she oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nishri, who took part in the attack on the USS Cole in 2000.  Abu Zubaida was waterboarded at this prison 83 times, although Haspel was not the commander at the time.  After the prison closed, Haspel…

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