Will CIA Make History?

Pompeo is gone from the CIA to the big seat at State…..the word now is that a women will lead the CIA…..that would be historic…..

With his decision to move CIA chief Mike Pompeo into the post of secretary of state, President Trump made a little history. He also nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo, thus setting her up to be the first woman to run the spy agency. The nomination must be confirmed by the Senate, and it’s a safe bet that critics will raise the issue of Haspel’s links to the CIA’s controversial waterboarding program. Haspel, as was reported last year during her confirmation process to become deputy CIA chief, once ran a secret CIA prison in Thailand where terror suspects such as Abu Zubaydah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, reports the AP. In fact, Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times, per NPR, which also notes that Haspel is accused of destroying videotapes of the interrogations after Congress demanded they be preserved.

The flip side of her resume is that Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and made a name for herself in covert operations, reports USA Today. Trump called Haspel an “outstanding person,” and Time notes that President Obama’s national intelligence director, James Clapper, said last year that he was happy she’d been nominated for the No. 2 post and that Haspel was “widely and deeply respected by the workforce.” Still, the waterboarding issue had already surfaced in the first hours after Trump’s announcement. “No one who had a hand in torturing individuals deserves to ever hold public office again, let alone lead an agency,” said Human Rights First’s Raha Wala, per the AP. No word yet on when the Senate confirmation process will begin

I was mistaken….I thought the ass kisser Sen. Cotton would be made head of the CIA…..he should have to wait for the next opening…..and that opening my be McMasters gig……

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8 thoughts on “Will CIA Make History?

  1. Moving CIA agents into direct positions of power is indeed a bold move.
    It cuts out the ‘middle-man’, and removes any buffers of checks and balances.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. I agree…‘Godmother of Torture’ Haspel should be in dock at The Hague, not head of CIA.

  2. The CIA shouldn’t make history. The CIA should BE history.

    I can’t immediately think of another organization that deserves being dismantled more.
    Not only does it torture, assassinate, overthrow elected governments…spy, lie, & meddle in everything everywhere…It’s also not very competent. (See: End of Cold War? Nope, no clue it was coming.)

      1. But the KGB does have something on the guy giving orders to the CIA! They probably got something on everybody now. So much easier than The Americans days.

        “Better” is a relative term. There is just no way a hyper-secretive, unaccountable, organization built to do dirty deeds done…er…very expensively…can ever, ever, be trusted. Hell, them sumbitches still got lots of secret files on that there Lee Harvey Oswald fellah. Even if they didn’t do it, they still lied & covered up the truth from the American public every cm of the way. Hell, if they didn’t do it, that just shows how much more contempt they have for us. “We didn’t do it, but fuck you anyway.”

        The very premise of all these kind of outfits (spying, lying, killin’) is a blot on humanity. As Martin Luther King said in the speech that got him assassinated; (CIA?) “the ends are indistinguishable from the means.”

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