Why We Don’t Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director: A Response to Benjamin Wittes

In his Tuesday post in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA, Benjamin Wittes wrote about “the insulation that Haspel stands to provide for the agency from a president hostile to the task of intelligence gathering and analysis.” For this and other reasons, Wittes argued, Haspel should be confirmed—even though President Trump has linked her nomination to his “enthusiasm for torture.” He also wrote that “barring revelations about her role” in running a Thailand “black site” at which detainees were tortured and in destroying interrogation tapes, he did not feel that Haspel’s involvement in the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was disqualifying.

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Jury to rule on whether the CIA’s torture architects will stand trial for killing and maiming

Psychologist James Mitchell is the self-described “architect” of the CIA’s torture program (a consulting gig that netted him a cool $80m at taxpayer expense ), along with his partner John “Bruce” Jessen — they’re the pair who oversaw black-site torture programs that killed and maimed people who’d been convicted of no crime by any court, anywhere in the world. (more…)

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