Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Gina Haspel confirmed by US Senate to be first woman Central Intelligence Agency director

Senate confirms Gina Haspel to lead CIA, first woman to hold post Haspel Confirmed As CIA's First Female Director
Sammy Stanley | 18 May, 2018, 04:01

Mr McCain, who has been away from Washington all year as he battles brain cancer, urged the Senate not to vote for Ms Haspel.

Haspel danced around those queries by saying she would not restart the program and that she supports the current "stricter moral standard" after Congress changed the law.

After decades of service, Haspel was sworn in as the CIA's deputy director on February 7, 2017, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Former top intelligence officials said she earned the chance to take the helm of the intelligence agency.

Her opponents argued that it wasn't right to promote someone who supervised a covert detention site in Thailand where terror suspects were waterboarded, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.

At one point, Haspel's nomination looked to be in doubt, thanks to her role in the CIA's now-defunct torture program. This is a woman who has been a leader wherever she has gone. John McCain's opposition to Haspel regarding her involvement in post-9/11 interrogation methods ultimately swayed his vote.

The vote was 54-45 in favour of her nomination in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority is required for confirmation.

Among those who supported her nomination were six former CIA directors — Porter Goss, John Brennan, Leon Panetta, George Tenet, William Webster and Mike Hayden — and three former national intelligence directors — James Clapper, Mike McConnell and John Negroponte.

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When Haspel visits other parts of the world she will have "zero authority" to speak out against abuse and torture, Staberock added.

"Due to the overwhelming public evidence suggesting Haspel's participation and compliance with crimes including torture, enforced disappearance, and obstruction of justice, Haspel's nomination is an affront to human rights", Daphne Eviatar of Amnesty International USA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Among Democrats supporting Haspel are several who are up for re-election this fall in states where Trump is popular, including Sen.

And as The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill noted as the final votes on Haspel's nomination rolled in on Thursday, the discussion and debate Trump's Central Intelligence Agency pick sparked over the last several weeks "was never just about Gina Haspel".

"Gina Haspel is the most qualified person the president could choose to lead the CIA and the most prepared nominee in the 70-year history of the agency", committee chairman Richard Burr said in a statement. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted no. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. She has been serving as acting director.

"I believe she is someone who can and will stand up to the President if ordered to do something illegal or immoral - like a return to torture", Warner said in explaining his decision to vote for her.

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