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Gina Haspel will have to answer torture allegations to win job at CIA: Wyden


Added 03-13-18 12:35:02pm EST - “One influential Democrat announced Tuesday he'll vote against Gina Haspel to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying her "background makes her unsuitable to serve."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Gina Haspel will have to answer torture allegations to win job at CIA: Wyden”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One influential Democrat announced Tuesday he’ll vote against Gina Haspel to be the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, saying her “background makes her unsuitable to serve.”

Sen. Ron Wyden didn’t elaborate on that background but others said Ms. Haspel, a longtime CIA operative, was involved in the agency’s waterboarding and rendition programs in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Watchdog groups said Ms. Haspel ran a “black site” facility in Thailand where detainees from the war on terror were sent, and where some of the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” were pioneered.

Abu Zubaydah, picked up in 2002, was waterboarded 83 times, “slammed against walls, sleep deprived, and locked in a coffin-like box” during his interrogation, the watchdog groups said. Later, promoted to a position back at CIA headquarters, she tried to expunge evidence of the torture, the groups said.

“She was up to her eyeballs in torture,” said Christopher Anders, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office.

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