Gina Haspel could be the first woman CIA director. She’s been in the CIA for 33 years, but not everyone is seeing this as a step forward.
Haspel is allegedly linked to the torture or suspected terrorists. Under her watch, detainees underwent waterboarding and other forms of torture. Certain interrogations were recorded but the CIA allegedly later destroyed the footage. European campaigners even filed a warrant for her arrest for her role in torturing detainees.
However, she is respected in the CIA and by some lawmakers.
Senator Richard Burr of the Senate Intelligence Committee stated, “I know Gina personally, and she has the right skill set, experience and judgement to lead one of our nation’s most critical agencies… I look forward to supporting her nomination, ensuring its consideration without delay.”
President Trump nominated Haspel to replace CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has been appointed the new secretary of state after Trump fired Rex Tillerson. Many are speaking out against Haspel’s nomination.
The ACLU tweeted, “Gina Haspel was a central figure in one of the most illegal and shameful chapters in modern American history.”
Additionally, she still has to face a Senate confirmation hearing to determine if she’ll be selected for the position.