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Friday, 11 May 2018

Gina Haspel May Be Dropped As CIA Director For Alleged Torture Of Al-Qaeda Suspects

Gina Haspel, the newly nominated first-ever female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is a career intelligence officer with more than 30 years' experience.

Controversially, she ran a prison in Thailand where suspected al-Qaeda members were tortured by waterboarding in 2002. The so-called black sites - secret overseas locations where the CIA carried out what it termed "enhanced interrogation" techniques - were closed by former US President Barack Obama.

However, President Donald Trump has since spoken out in favour of the harsh interrogation of suspects. Ms Haspel, 61, has extensive overseas experience and has served as chief of station on several postings. Her career has brought her to the UK twice, where she acted as the chief of the London station, according to the New York Times.

The black site in Thailand run by Ms Haspel oversaw the interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

Declassified CIA cables revealed Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in one month and had his head slammed into walls.
He was also subjected to sleep deprivation and other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to disclose, the documents said.

Waterboarding is an interrogation process that causes the subject to experience the sensation of drowning.

The subject is strapped to an angled board facing down and a cloth is placed over their mouth. Water is poured over the face, creating the feeling that the lungs are filling with water. Recordings of the interrogation sessions were later destroyed. According to the New York Times, Ms Haspel's name was on the cable that carried the destruction orders.

Ms Haspel was later cleared of any wrongdoing and officials said she had been following orders in destroying the tapes. Human rights organisation Reprieve said the episode showed Ms Haspel was "not fit" to run the CIA.

"This is another example of Donald Trump's backward-looking reliance on people and methods that have failed." director Maya Foa said in a statement.

She was picked as nominee for the top CIA job when President Trump named Mr Pompeo as Secretary of State to replace Rex Tillerson.

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Yemisi Frank

is it now that they are now digging her past of torture? Americans don't just like females ruling over them

Endy Edeson

To hold a public office, one must have good record both present and past. @Yemitsi

Yemisi Frank

But it is her job to interrogate suspects, I still insist it is because she is a lady

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Endy Edeson

@Chibuike: Hahahahahahaha. I only post valuable news. Is not as if I don't see news to post. I just decided to post at least 3 news per day on Facebook . I have other businesses I attend to. Thanks for your concern

Yaw Kusi Ofosu Evans

The celebrity President don do am again.

Endy Edeson

Yaw, yeah, she has the president backing despite opposing views from both Democrats and Republicans

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