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Haspel Personally Observed CIA Waterboarding, Witness Testifies

Haspel Personally Observed CIA Waterboarding, Witness Testifies

Fifteen years before President Trump nominated her and the US Senate confirmed her as CIA director, Gina Haspel personally oversaw the waterboarding of alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a black site prison in Thailand in 2002, according to recent testimony at a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Waterboarding has been recognized...

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We Still Don’t Know What Gina Haspel Really Knew About the CIA’s Torture Program 

We Still Don’t Know What Gina Haspel Really Knew About the CIA’s Torture Program 

From VICE, which produced The Report, the new movie about the CIA’s torture program. “I was not even read into the interrogation program until it had been up and running for a year,” Haspell told the Committee. But Haspel’s claims raised more than a few eyebrows. For one, the CIA began its torture program in...

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New Gina Haspel Cable Discloses Her Mistake on Torture

The National Security Archive has obtained new details about the torture tactics of CIA director Gina Haspel and her mistaken belief that extreme measures were necessary. The key document comes from November 2002, a little more than a year after 9/11 attacks. Top CIA officials feared another attack was coming.  Haspel was running a “black site” in...

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Haspel Memos Illuminate 4 Keys to the Culture of Torture

Haspel Memos Illuminate 4 Keys to the Culture of Torture

CIA director Gina Haspel supervised the torture of an alleged terrorist at a CIA black site in November 2002, according to declassified records obtained by the non-profit National Security Archive. Haspel’s supervisory role at the secret prison in Thailand was known before she was confirmed as CIA director in May with virtually no public hearings or declassification...