This is an extensive informative piece on Trumps’ proposed CIA Directorial nomination: Gina Haspel. As the government prepares for a hearing to nominate Haspel, she has now become the subject of several exposes. In them, her dark and often terrifying past as a spy has been revealed.
Gina Cheri Haspel joined the CIA during the Cold War in 1985, when, Reagan was still the President. Haspel, then was pretty much everywhere within the CIA before being nominated as the director of the National Clandestine Service. Before that, however, she had a dark and terrifying past.
We’ll get into that. This is where her dark past starts. During that time period, Haspel, was top-dog during several overseas missions and top-secret programs as part of the United States’ program following the 11 September 2001 attacks.
Her dark past
In what was originally a story largely carried by ProPublica (who has since issued a small correction to the story), Haspel’s involvement in an alleged torture ring at a CIA black site has come to light.
The information you are about to read may be considered graphic.
Haspel’s controversial past first came to light when multiple outlets picked up speed to the fact that she apparently and allegedly (but now nobody’s quite sure).
Multiple original reports cite Haspel as not only “terrifying” but also likely a war criminal. Haspel is alleged to have run a CIA black site in 2001, where, she authorized the destruction of hundreds of documents; intel information, and packets related to how she ran programs and interrogated others. Of the supposed most notable, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was allegedly waterboarded and tortured at the hands of Haspel.
The black site was code-named “Cat’s Eye”, but beyond that, not much is known about the program because of the fact documents are largely classified. So classified, that, even Senator Diane Feinstein had to request that they be declassified so Senators could read them.
As we move forward with the nomination process for Ms. Haspel, my fellow senators and I must have the complete picture of Ms. Haspel’s involvement in the program in order to fully and fairly review her record and qualifications. I also believe the American people deserve to know the actual role the person nominated to be the director of the CIA played in what I consider to be one of the darkest chapters in American history.”
This is where it gets deeper. While ProPublica did make a minor correction to its 2017 story (see here), the New York Times changed the narrative entirely. The Times is out today with a new report of its own, where, it now appears that Haspel arrived to the much larger part of the prison in October 2002. During that time, she was present for one interrogation, but left before another came — by left (“we simply mean she just wasn’t in the room, it, appears that the second interrogation of an additional suspect was still done on her watch”).
It doesn’t stop there. The Times is also out with claims that Haspel drafted cables ordering the destruction of videotapes that would have proved in any way she was the one behind Zubaydah ’s interrogation and waterboarding. The tapes have never been seen by CIA officials in the United States.
The international arrest warrant
Last year, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked German officials to ask American officials to issue a warrant for her arrest over her connection and alleged participation in the interrogation programs. While the arrest warrant was never issued, officials, say that it wasn’t because there was no direct link to Germany at the time. However, German officials say (if there is a connection discovered), they, will seek to have Haspel arrested and charged with war crimes.