18.03.14 New Top Spy?

March 14, 2018
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Nation’s New Top Spy?

Gina Haspel

First woman nominated to be CIA Director; not ‘official’ until confirmed by Congress.

Served as a “spy” & held various leadership roles during her 30+ years working for the CIA.

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Why Now?
Changes In Pres. Cabinet

  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will leave job at end of the month.
  • Pres. Trump named CIA Dir. Mike Pompeo to be the *new* Sec. of State; Pompeo still will need Senate confirmation.
  • Haspel nominated to replace Pompeo.
  • Fun Fact: Pompeo *also* served in the CIA.

Gina Haspel:
What You Should Know

  • Joined CIA in 1985
  • Personal info = very scant
  • Unlike others in leadership roles, Haspel served as a spy herself.
  • Since Feb 2017, Haspel served as CIA Deputy Director under Dir. Pompeo — the first female career CIA officer to do so.
  • OversawA National Clandestine Services aka “covert” operations.

Is She A Good Choice?

Bipartisan yays & Bipartisan nays

Some Dems/GOP applaud her experience and service.

Some Dems/GOP concerned about her role in our interrogation programs.

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Backstory: Haspel

  • Haspel oversaw a so-called CIA “black site” where “enhanced interrogation” or “torture” (depending on your p.o.v.) took place.
  • She sent orders to destroy video tapes of evidence.
  • Her boss says HE made the orders, yet her name was on the cable as his deputy at the time.

Backstory: Cat’s Eye

  • CIA “Black Site” held two terrorist currently held at Gitmo.
  • Abu Zubaydah: allegedly involved in terror plots dating back to 1988 in Africa, USS Cole, and 9/11.
  • Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: alleged mastermind of USS Cole terror attack that killed 17 American sailors.

“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.”

Sen. John McCain, (R-Az) victim of torture as U.S. soldier, Press Release, March 13, 2018

Random Fact

As part of joining the CIA you have to pass a polygraph test ~ aka a “lie detector” test.

“The hiring process also entails a thorough medical examination of one’s mental and physical fitness to perform essential job functions.” CIA.gov

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by Jenna Lee,