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Washington - Trump's Pick For New CIA Director Is Female Career Spymaster

Published on: March 13, 2018 11:30 AM
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FILE - This April 13, 2016 file photo shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va .A settlement was announced Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA's harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)FILE - This April 13, 2016 file photo shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va .A settlement was announced Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in a landmark lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA's harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Washington - President Donald Trump’s choice to be the first female director of the CIA is a career spymaster who once ran an agency prison in Thailand where terror suspects were subjected to a harsh interrogation technique that the president has supported.

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Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and that he has selected Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo. Haspel, the current deputy CIA director, also helped carry out an order that the agency destroy its waterboarding videos. That order prompted a lengthy Justice Department investigation that ended without charges.

Haspel, who has extensive overseas experience, briefly ran a secret CIA prison where terror suspects Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to current and former U.S. intelligence officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

More than a decade after waterboarding was last used, the CIA is still haunted by the legacy of a tactic that the U.S. government regarded as torture before President George W. Bush’s administration authorized its use against terror suspects. There is no indication that Trump’s pick signals a desire to restart the harsh interrogation and detention program.

Haspel, who joined the CIA in 1985, has been chief of station at CIA outposts abroad. In Washington, she has held several top senior leadership positions, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action.

When she was picked as deputy CIA director, her career was lauded by veteran intelligence officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who recently retired. But it also upset the American Civil Liberties Union and other rights advocates who found it unsettling that Trump would choose someone who was involved in the harsh interrogation program.

“No one who had a hand in torturing individuals deserves to ever hold public office again, let alone lead an agency,” Human Rights First’s Raha Wala said Tuesday. “To allow someone who had a direct hand in this illegal, immoral and counterproductive program is to willingly forget our nation’s dark history with torture.”



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 Mar 13, 2018 at 12:20 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this shows our dear president is not misognytic.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 01:30 PM Phineas Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this shows our dear president is not misognytic.

no it doesn't

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 02:07 PM Educated Archy Says:

If she waterboarded she is my candidate. We should bring it back. These aniamls deserve it. They don't deserve human treatment .. Lets not kid ourselves waterboarding is only used on the worse of the worse...

Glad we got a great candidate and gald we broke the glass ceiling and hired the first female CIA director

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 02:07 PM Educated Archy Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this shows our dear president is not misognytic.

Yamsar and yoni feel bad for the poor innocent muslims who were tortured under waterboarding. Its inhuman they cry.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 02:39 PM Doesn’t Trump hate women?? Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

this shows our dear president is not misognytic.

The lyin’ Dems kept saying Trump hates women...that’s about as true as him hating Jews, minorities, etc. Dems couldn’t be honest if their lives depended on it...traitors one and all.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 05:11 PM Anonymous Says:

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Phineas Says:

no it doesn't

Yes it does.

Liar

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 05:31 PM Deep State Says:

She was hired by Obama.

If she does her job, and finds dirt on the administration, then TRump will blame Obama for it!

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 05:53 PM Small hands means big love Says:

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Doesn’t Trump hate women?? Says:

The lyin’ Dems kept saying Trump hates women...that’s about as true as him hating Jews, minorities, etc. Dems couldn’t be honest if their lives depended on it...traitors one and all.

Yes, TRump loves women.

He even had affairs.. During each of his 3 marriages. Believe me!

He loves women. Bigly.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 06:04 PM Phineas Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Yes it does.

Liar

Not it doesn't meathead. If you grab women, rate them numerically on their looks as tens or threes, comment on their attractiveness to others and in fromnt of them (Ivanka, Hope Hicks), describe that the key to life is a good piece of ---, etc. you are a misogynist.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 07:39 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Phineas Says:

Not it doesn't meathead. If you grab women, rate them numerically on their looks as tens or threes, comment on their attractiveness to others and in fromnt of them (Ivanka, Hope Hicks), describe that the key to life is a good piece of ---, etc. you are a misogynist.

Since I am the archy you are actually the liberal meat head!

But hey ones personal desires have nothing to do with policy. On a policy level there is no indication of mysgony.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 07:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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Phineas Says:

Not it doesn't meathead. If you grab women, rate them numerically on their looks as tens or threes, comment on their attractiveness to others and in fromnt of them (Ivanka, Hope Hicks), describe that the key to life is a good piece of ---, etc. you are a misogynist.

Wrong only in your PC mind. Some of its is just tavious which all men have.aka locker room talk

Re Ivanaka that's all misquotes by the fake news to degrade him.

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 Mar 13, 2018 at 08:09 PM AmYisroel Says:

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Deep State Says:

She was hired by Obama.

If she does her job, and finds dirt on the administration, then TRump will blame Obama for it!

No she wasn't she's career CIA she joined in 1985

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 Mar 14, 2018 at 12:36 AM Rivka Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Wrong only in your PC mind. Some of its is just tavious which all men have.aka locker room talk

Re Ivanaka that's all misquotes by the fake news to degrade him.

You can’t call everything you don’t like “fake news”. Many of us ( including myself ) saw trump on TV tell an interviewer that “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter I’d probably be dating her “.

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 Mar 14, 2018 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

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Rivka Says:

You can’t call everything you don’t like “fake news”. Many of us ( including myself ) saw trump on TV tell an interviewer that “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter I’d probably be dating her “.

Ok and who says Trump meant that in a bad demeaning matter? I would take that to mean , she has lots of qualties that she respects. My daughters are still young, but I'd like to say that when they grow up they are such great girls that I'd date them too if they weren't mine. I think most of us would like to marry someone like our daughters. No I don't mean it in a immodest manner. I mean the qualties they posses give us nachas and we take pride and think they would be model wives. (not model as in the model industry)

I see nothing wrong. Only you guys who twist words do. Fake news is not about what he said but how you falsely twist what he said

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