The CIA’s new nominee director Gina Haspel once ran a torture site and destroyed evidence

(H/T ariadnatheo) by Max de Haldevang from

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it.

In 2002, she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand that tortured two terrorism suspects. That torture took place within the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which suspected terrorists are sent to US allies, and interrogated in “black sites” on their soil.

One of the men, known as Abu Zubayda, was waterboarded 83 times in one month and was slammed into walls by the head. He was deprived of sleep and kept in a coffin-like box. Interrogators later decided he didn’t have any useful information.

ProPublica found that Haspel personally signed cables to CIA headquarters that detailed Zubayda’s interrogation.

CIA videos of the torture were destroyed in 2005, on the orders of a cable drafted by Haspel. Her then-boss Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s director of operations for counterterrorism, signed off on the order. “The cable left nothing to chance. It even told them how to get rid of the tapes,” he wrote in his memoir, according to ProPublica. “They were to use an industrial-strength shredder to do the deed.”..

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5 Responses

  1. I Predict; TROUBLE
    Probability; HIGH
    Canada; COMPLICIT
    Restore exe; CORRUPTED
    Hopes; SMASHED
    Doom Beckons

  2. To Whom it may concern
    I wish to emphasize that my previous comments related to the new CIA director were entirely laudative. I feel compelled to offer this assurance because sometimes people mistakenly believe that I jest or use satire, if not sarcasm, which is not true. Ever.
    English is not my native language so an occasional awkwardness of expression is to be expected as I struggle to communicate.
    If anyone wishes to dispute my statement to the effect that Ms Haspel’s CV is a stellar recommendation for her nomination may do so. I will stand ready to refute any such disparagement of her experience, creativity and professionalism.

    • Your English is fine—way better than mine. Your “Tide Forecast”, awesome—crisp, and to the point.

  3. The fog is lifting
    and we can see
    The curtain rises
    and we can watch
    The cost of living
    is morbid and stark

    So what do we do? You and I

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