Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel: the difference a denouncement makes

Gina Haspel: the difference a denouncement makes

Our view: Gina Haspel thinks waterboarding and other forms of torture were wrong; that’s exactly what Americans needed to hear — again

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s 10-5 vote recommending Gina Haspel to serve as the next CIA director means that President Donald Trump’s nominee is likely to get full Senate approval. A week ago, her appointment was in serious doubt almost exclusively because of her role in the intelligence agency’s interrogation and detention program that included waterboarding, a form of torture that forces subjects to experience the panicked sensation of drowning. It was morally wrong and counter-productive after 9/11; it is just as reprehensible and...

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