Gina Haspel confirmed to lead Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel new CIA director. PTI

Gina Haspel new CIA director. PTI

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm veteran CIA agent and Kentuckian Gina Haspel to be the first female director in the 71-year history of the agency.

The American Civil Liberties Union attacked Haspel's confirmation as "a complete disgrace to our democracy".

Haspel, 61, is a native of Kentucky but grew up around the world as the daughter of an Air Force serviceman.

He had earlier said that Haspel is "one step closer to lead fearless men and women at the CIA".

The September 11 attacks put her into the middle of the now heavily criticized interrogation program, much of which, if launched today, would be illegal under U.S. law. "I have asked again and again for some justification for Ms. Haspel's self-serving classification decisions and every response I have received, in classified and unclassified settings, has convinced me further that those decisions have nothing to do with protecting sources and methods, and only to do with protecting her own image". But the Senate has just confirmed that it will tolerate rot at our government's core by elevating someone linked to those atrocities to now lead the United States intelligence agency.

Earlier this month, Trump slammed the criticism of Haspel, saying she was being targeted "because she was too tough on Terrorists". The agency has also released a timeline of her career, showing her journey through the CIA for all her time there.

"Congress needs to be able to provide fully informed oversight", Flake said in a statement.

Six Democrats, however, were heartened by her pledge to never restart harsh interrogation programs, even if Trump requested.

A 2002 black site in Thialand run through the Central Intelligence Agency, and destryoed intergation tapes in 2005 were two of the biggest issues officials and legslators raised about Haspel and her alleged connection to both incidents. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Bill Nelson of Florida.

The 61-year-old Haspel, a Russian Federation specialist who spent her career in the clandestine service, becomes the first woman to lead the agency, taking over from Mike Pompeo, whom Trump recently made his secretary of state.

Among the few Republicans who opposed was Sen. McCain, who is battling brain cancer, was absent from the vote. The publication reports that at least five of the six Democrats who voted for her were contacted by the former directors. Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen.

Beyond Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and Nelson, who will be targeted relentlessly by Trump and GOP forces regardless of their vote for Haspel, there were two Democratic senators who tokenized Haspel and were proud to overlook her torture past because they could say they backed the First Woman CIA Director Ever.

Rights groups quickly condemned the vote.

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