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Gina Haspel voted in as new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel voted in as new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Warner, who is the vice chairman and leading Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, stood on the Senate floor before he voted for Haspel and said, "We should not overlook the historic nature of Ms. Haspel's nomination as the first woman to be nominated as director of the CIA". "Her confirmation is also historic because she will be the first woman to lead the agency".

"With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken", she told Warner in the letter dated Monday.

It is unclear whether Haspel was actually in charge at the time or whether she was present during the worst of it, but it is beyond doubt that she was complicit in the subsequent shredding of 92 tape recordings that would have been of interest to senators who were working to put the Central Intelligence Agency out of the torture business.

There is much more that the full Senate and the public should know about Haspel's background, and I am convinced that, if they did, her nomination would be rejected. Despite opposition from three Republicans, she won the position with a vote of 51-43, after gaining the votes of six key Democrats.

But McCaskill also has affirmative votes to top Trump nominees she can point to, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to make the case that she is independent, deliberative, and discerning. He became USA secretary of state last month.

Haspel was not charged in a subsequent criminal investigation, and an internal review determined that she didn't break any agency rules. For the majority of her career, Haspel worked as an undercover officer, at home and overseas. Before she arrived at the prison, waterboarding took place on a larger scale, with one prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, reportedly being waterboarded 83 times in one month. In her Senate confirmation hearing, she said agents were working under orders they understood were legal.

Veteran intelligence officials praised Trump's decision to name Haspel deputy director in February 2017, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Supporters cited Haspel's 33-year career at the agency.

"She provides advice based on facts and analysis of facts ..."

As she rose up the ranks, she said she experienced some resistance from the male-heavy ranks of the spy corps. "I look forward to supporting her". Then she performed the duties of Deputy Director of the National secret service, which conducts covert operations around the world.

Haspel has received several prestigious awards, including the George H.W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism, the Donovan Award, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Presidential Rank Award, which recognizes individuals for "exceptional performance over an extended period of time", according to the CIA. Had all the Democratic senators stuck together, Haspel would not have been confirmed today.

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