Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA director, first woman to lead agency

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA director, first woman to lead agency

The vote for Haspel is shaping up to be similar to last month's tally for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was confirmed with the backing of six Democrats from states Trump won in 2016, five of whom are up for re-election this year.

Haspel may have possibly done her self some good when trying to get Senator Warner's vote as well.

"There is no greater or more hard task than protecting the safety and security of families of our great nation, and for that I am extremely grateful to every member of our intelligence community, including Ms. Haspel, who has spent decades in public service", said Senator Patty Murray in a statement following the vote.

Three Republicans opposed her: Sen. In stepping in as the CIA's new chief, she becomes the agency's first-ever female director.

Those speaking out in favor of Haspel's candidacy - like Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va. - cited, among other things, the huge support for Haspel from within the CIA.

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Much of Haspel's 30-year career at Central Intelligence Agency was spent in the clandestine service and remains classified.

More than 100 former USA ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say USA behavior is "no different from ours". Her reported oversight, in 2002, of a secret "black site" in Thailand - where detainees were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding - generated widespread controversy and ardent condemnation from civil rights groups. The tally was 54-45 in her favour in the 100-member chamber, where a simple majority was required for confirmation. "Shes served with the Agency for 33 years, including tours as a case officer, four times as a station chief, the deputy chief of the National Resources Division, the Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service, and now as CIA Deputy Director", he said. Joe Donnelly (IN), Sen.

He says Human Rights First is putting Haspel on notice that Congress and the American people will hold her to her pledge to never reinstate such a program in the future. Joe Manchin (WV), Sen.

Republican Senator John McCain, who has been away from Washington all year as he battles brain cancer, urged the Senate not to vote for Haspel. Bill Nelson in Florida. But according to Daniel J. Jones, who was a lead investigator for the Senate intelligence committee's torture report, "The CIA ignored the recommendation, and Haspel kept being promoted". Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Senate Intelligence Committee vice-chair Sen.

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