25 September 2018

Senate approves Gina Haspel as next CIA director

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, after a contentious nomination process for President Donald Trump's divisive pick.

During a confirmation hearing this month, Haspel tried to convince senators that she would not allow the use of the interrogation tactics employed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that are broadly viewed as torture. Supporters of the enhanced interrogation program such as former Vice President Dick Cheney have disputed the "torture" label.

Haspel, who oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand, also faced criticism about her role in the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing interrogation sessions.

2018.05.18 / 09:42
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