Trump’s torturing CIA boss Haspel, new documents


This 17 May 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Doctor who treated a Gina Haspel torture victim speaks out

While I was uploading this video, Gina Haspel was confirmed as CIA director.

The details of how victims were tortured under her watch at a CIA black site in Thailand are horrifying.

By E.P. Milligan in the USA:

Cables document CIA Director Haspel’s direct role in torture at black site in Thailand

15 August 2018

Declassified cables released last Friday provide irrefutable evidence that the current CIA director, Gina Haspel, played a direct role in the torture of detainees at a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002. The National Security Archive obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Haspel was chief of base at “Detention Site Green” (also known as “Cat’s Eye”) and either wrote or authorized the cables.

The publication of the damning cables was given short shrift by the corporate media. The New York Times and the Washington Post each published only one article on the story in their August 10 editions. Both newspapers placed the story on their inside pages and buried it thereafter.

Haspel, tapped by Trump earlier this year to succeed Mike Pompeo, who was promoted to secretary of state, served as acting director beginning last April 26 and became director on May 26. The Democrats supplied the necessary votes to assure her confirmation by the Senate following hearings in May. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings on Haspel’s nomination provided a revealing exposure of the criminality of the US intelligence apparatus as well as the disintegration of bourgeois democratic processes in the United States.

The hearing was characterized by gushing tributes by both Democrats and Republicans for the work of an agency long ago dubbed “Murder, Inc.” for its crimes around the world, including the organization of political assassinations, the creation of terrorist armies and the orchestration of fascist-military coups.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who after the hearing became the first Democrat to announce his support for the nomination, went so far as to tell Haspel that when speaking to constituents, “I brag about what you people do in the Clandestine Services.”

The CIA has redacted Haspel’s name from the released cables, as well as those of CIA contract psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. The three were identified in a Senate Intelligence Committee torture report declassified and released in 2014, which documented the grisly and illegal torture methods sanctioned by the George W. Bush administration following the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington DC.

President Obama and his CIA chief, John Brennan, blocked the release of the report for months, and Brennan had his agents hack into the computers of Senate Intelligence Committee staff who were drafting the report. Obama blocked any prosecution of Bush officials, including Brennan himself, a high-ranking CIA official during the Republican administration, who were involved in the torture program.

The 16 cables from Haspel published by the National Security Archive document scenes fit for a medieval dungeon. The CIA’s victims endured waterboarding, a technique in which water is poured through a cloth placed over the victim’s mouth and nose, inducing drowning; walling, i.e., having one’s back and head slammed repeatedly into a wall; forced nudity, hooding and shackling, confinement in a small box, sleep deprivation and other forms of physical and psychological torture.

Haspel was also involved in the 2005 destruction of CIA tapes of torture sessions sought by the courts.

The documents identify the victim as Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri, a Saudi national and member of Al Qaeda, who endured at least 16 days of unabated torture before he was moved to another facility. Sixteen years later, Al-Nashiri is a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. A psychological expert has described him as “one of the most damaged victims of torture” she has ever examined.

The first torture session of Al-Nashiri took place on November 15, 2002. “At 0415 hours, HVT [high-value target] interrogators, security team members and linguist entered the cell”, the first cable states. “The rolled towel/neck support was placed around his neck, and subject was moved to the walling board.”

When it was deemed that Al-Nashiri had not divulged a sufficient amount of information, the interrogators “immediately used the attention grab with the rolled towel/neck support to move subject off the wall and down on to the floor of the cell. Subject’s clothes were ripped off of him by security team members while the interrogator told subject we knew he was lying…”

The interrogators threatened Al-Nashiri, stating that “if he refused to cooperate he would suffer in ways he never thought possible.” The security team then forcibly shaved his head while he “moaned and wailed.” Finally, the security team locked him in a box roughly the size of a coffin.

Another document reveals that at a subsequent torture session, interrogators locked al-Nashiri in an even smaller box, requiring that he curl up in order to fit inside.

The cables describe as many as three torture sessions a day. The victim spent the majority of this time nude and shackled in a containment box, allowed only liquid food. When he gave information that interrogators believed to be true, he was “given solid food and allowed to sleep on the floor of his cell with a mat and a towel to cover himself.” On day 12 of his confinement, his interrogators began routinely waterboarding him.

One particular cable from December 1 describes a torture session in lurid detail. The author, who may have been Haspel herself, gloats:

“Security team backed the hooded and shackled subject against the walling panel with the towel/neck restraint over his shoulders. [High-value target interrogator] [redacted] and linguist [redacted] strode, catlike, into the well-lit confines of the cell at 0902 hrs [redacted], deftly removed the subject’s black hood with a swipe, paused, and in a deep, measured voice said that subject—having ‘calmed down’ after his (staged) run-in with his hulking, heavily muscled guards the previous day—should reveal what subject had done to vex his guards to the point of rage.”

Haspel, 61, joined the CIA in 1985. Among the positions she has held in the agency are chief of station in several world capitals, senior manager of the Counterterrorism Center and, under the Obama administration, acting deputy director of the National Clandestine Service (NCS), which carries out covert operations around the globe.

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Trump’s pseudo-feminism to make torturer CIA boss


This video from the USA says about itself:

White House Hides Behind McFeminism To Push War Criminal CIA Head

7 May2018

In May 2013, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller reported that the head of the CIA’s clandestine service was being shifted out of that position as a result of “a management shake-up” by then-Director John Brennan. As Miller documented, this official — whom the paper did not name because she was a covert agent at the time — was centrally involved in the worst abuses of the CIA’s Bush-era torture regime.

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Will “Bloody Gina” Run The CIA?

7 May 2018

Whom amongst us hasn’t run a black site torture facility in Thailand and destroyed the evidence? Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“After 9/11, when the CIA needed a someone to run its first secret overseas prison, it turned to a 16-year veteran of the clandestine service to oversee the waterboarding of suspected terrorists. Years later, after she’d allegedly acquired the nickname “Bloody Gina”, the same woman would oversee the destruction of video evidence of the “enhanced interrogations” conducted under her watch. On Tuesday, President Trump announced his intention to nominate that woman, Gina Haspel, as director of the CIA.

In a single tweet Tuesday morning, President Trump announced the departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as well as his plans to replace Tillerson with sitting CIA director Mike Pompeo and install deputy director Haspel in Pompeo’s position. If confirmed by the Senate, Haspel will be the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel, who spent most of her 33 year career with the agency as an undercover agent, was appointed deputy director in early February.”

Read more here.

‘DISQUALIFYING’ Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has urged the Senate to reject Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA, as her “refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.” Here’s a video of Trump’s pick dodging questions on whether it’s ethically right to torture a fellow human being. [HuffPost]

‘HE’S DYING ANYWAY’ Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), hit back at the White House aide who reportedly mocked her husband’s ailing health during a meeting about Trump’s controversial pick for CIA chief, Gina Haspel. Over on Fox Business, Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney backed Haspel and defended the use of torture, saying it worked on “songbird” McCain. [HuffPost]

Wednesday’s Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the nomination of Gina Haspel as director of the US Central Intelligence Agency provided a revealing exposure of the criminality of the US intelligence apparatus as well as the disintegration of democratic processes within America’s capitalist state. The subject at hand was whether a woman who played a direct and intimate role in the torture of detainees held incommunicado at so-called “black sites” around the world should be appointed to head what one senator described as the “premier intelligence agency in the world.” The hearing was characterized by gushing tributes from both Democrats and Republicans to the work of an agency long ago dubbed “Murder, Inc.” for its crimes around the world, including the organization of political assassinations, the creation of terrorist armies and the orchestration of fascist-military coups: here.

An Arkansas arms company that sells guns to the CIA has been trying to purchase large quantities of napalm — but they won’t say who it is for.

Trump’s CIA torturer in chief Gina Haspel


This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Wants Her Running CIA, Germany Wants Her Arrested

18 March 2018

Germany would love to arrest Gina Haspel. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. In the same tweet, the president announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is a close ally of the Koch brothers, would be nominated to become the new secretary of state. Trump also tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA’s torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. Both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel must now face Senate confirmations, but barring any Republican defections, both can be confirmed without any Democratic support. Last year, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked German prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Haspel for her role in the torture program. For more, we speak with Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Read more here.

The newly nominated secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is a foreign policy hawk who opposes the Iran nuclear deal. Scrapping it could unleash a chain reaction of violence across the Middle East: here.

Democrats assure confirmation of CIA head as secretary of state: here.

BEIJING BUSINESS TIES CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, failed to disclose business ties to two companies controlled by the Chinese government, documents seen by HuffPost reveal. Samantha Bee has also been looking at Pompeo’s history, concluding on Wednesday night’s show he’s a “racist, warmongering homophobe.” [HuffPost]

CIA director Gina Haspel’s Thailand torture ties: here.

CIA expands its Signature School program to University of Illinois Chicago: here.

GINA TRIED TO JUMP Gina Haspel, Trump’s controversial pick to lead the CIA, reportedly tried to withdraw her nomination to avoid potential damage to the agency’s reputation. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted over the weekend that Haspel should be confirmed because she’s a woman — completely overlooking her alleged links to torture and CIA black sites. [HuffPost]

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly announced Saturday that he would vote to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, virtually assuring that her nomination will be confirmed by the Senate when it is brought to a vote sometime in the next two weeks: here.

DEMS SPLIT ON HASPEL Gina Haspel will likely become CIA director after two Democrats — Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) — announced they intend to support her confirmation. [HuffPost]

Senate Intelligence Committee approves “black site” torturer to head CIA: here.

Torturer Gina Haspel confirmed as new CIA director: here.

Trump’s torturing new CIA boss


This video from the USA says about itself:

The CIA‘s New Torturer-in-Chief

13 March 2018

Gina Haspel, President Trump‘s new pick to head the CIA, has played a key role in the agency’s torture program — and in covering it up, says Marcy Wheeler.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

14 March 2018

In replacing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo Tuesday, US President Donald Trump tapped a more than 30-year CIA veteran, Gina Haspel, to head the premier US spy agency. In doing so, he is attempting to place the CIA back under the leadership of an individual who is directly implicated in the crimes of torture and forced disappearance, as well as the destruction of evidence of these crimes.

Trump declared Haspel’s nomination an “historic milestone” because she would be the first woman to head an agency that long ago earned the epithet of “Murder Inc.”

Haspel, 61, joined the CIA in 1985. Among the positions she has held in the agency are chief of station in several world capitals, senior manager of the Counterterrorism Center and, under the Obama administration, acting deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, which carries out covert operations around the globe. Then-CIA Director John Brennan shifted her out of the position, however. The fact that Haspel was considered within top government circles to have been compromised by her torture record was a likely factor in that personnel move.

Her rise within the agency was bound up with her participation in the criminal methods adopted by the CIA in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, when thousands of individuals were illegally detained, forcibly disappeared and subjected to horrific forms of torture.

Haspel ran one of the first secret prisons set up by the CIA, where alleged Al Qaeda suspects were brought under the “extraordinary rendition” program of abduction and extra-judicial transfer of individuals to third countries to be interrogated and tortured.

Haspel oversaw operations at the “Cat’s Eye” secret prison in Thailand, where Abu Zubaydah and Abd el-Rahim al-Nashiri were taken after being kidnapped by CIA operatives.

Secret records of this torture were released last year as a result of a Freedom of Information Act suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the CIA. They reveal that the prisoners were subjected to prolonged confinement in boxes, as small as 21 inches wide, 2.5 feet deep and 2.5 feet high; walling, or having their backs and heads slammed repeatedly into a wall; and water boarding, a technique in which water is poured through a cloth placed over the victim’s mouth and nose, inducing drowning.

Zubaydah was subjected to water boarding 83 times. While in CIA custody, he lost his left eye.

Haspel ordered and supervised these acts of torture even under conditions in which she knew they were illegal and suspected that her victims had no information to give the CIA even if they wanted to.

Sixteen years later, Abu Zubaydah and Abd el-Rahim al-Nashiri are both detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. A psychological expert has described al-Nashiri as “one of the most damaged victims of torture” she has ever examined.

One of Zubaydah’s attorneys wrote of his client nine years ago that his “mental grasp is slipping away. Today, he suffers blinding headaches and has permanent brain damage. He has an excruciating sensitivity to sounds, hearing what others do not. The slightest noise drives him nearly insane. In the last two years alone, he has experienced about 200 seizures. Already, he cannot picture his mother’s face or recall his father’s name. Gradually, his past, like his future, eludes him.”

Haspel also played the central role in the illegal destruction of videotapes made by the CIA of the torture sessions that she oversaw. In 2005, she served as chief of staff to Jose Rodriguez, then the head of the agency’s clandestine service, who ordered the destruction of tapes. She was reportedly among the strongest advocates of destroying the videotapes, which directly implicated her, and was the only person cc’d on the memo to the Thailand station to shred the evidence.

The Obama administration sought to cover up these crimes, ordering that the full report on CIA torture remain sealed until 2028, opposing all prosecutions of crimes carried out by Haspel and her cohorts and dropping investigations into both the torture itself and the destruction of evidence.

Under Trump, Haspel was tapped as deputy director to Pompeo, who, like the Republican president, had made public statements supporting waterboarding and forms of torture. During the Republican primary debates, Trump declared, “I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding”, and claimed that military officials had told him that “torture works”.

The proposed elevation of Haspel to the post of CIA director is an unmistakable indication of the criminality of the US government and the increasing domination of every aspect of its activities by the US intelligence agencies and the military.

Haspel’s nomination has been roundly condemned by civil liberties organizations. The ACLU demanded Tuesday that the CIA “declassify and release every aspect of Haspel’s torture record” before her nomination is considered.

The Center for Constitutional Rights said in a statement that “Gina Haspel should be prosecuted not promoted.”

There was no such outcry from leading Democrats, however. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York, who joined a dozen other Democrats in voting to confirm Pompeo’s nomination as CIA director, announced on Tuesday that he was not calling on Democrats to oppose Haspel being installed in the same position.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who, as the former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, oversaw its investigation into the CIA rendition and torture program, voiced support for Haspel.

“Since my concerns were raised over the torture situation, I have met with her extensively, talked with her”, Feinstein told the New York Times. “She has been, I believe, a good deputy director. She seems to have the confidence of the agency, which is good.”

Gina Hapel’s promotion no victory for feminism: here.

HuffPost Opinion: “Democrats’ surrender on torture is nearly complete.”

Trump replaces ex-Exxon boss with CIA boss at State Department


This 13 March 2018 NBC video from the USA says about itself:

President Trump has fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, replacing him with outgoing CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Gina Haspel will become new head of the CIA. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports from the White House on the startling developments.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that United States President Donald Trump has sacked his Secretary of State, ex-ExxonMobil oil boss Rex Tillerson.

Trump replaced Tillerson with CIA boss Mike Pompeo.

Gina Haspel gets a promotion from CIA deputy boss to boss.

According to the New York Times, according to the New Yorker, and according to the Guardian, Ms Haspel had a leading role in CIA torture.

THE AFTERMATH OF A SECRETARY OF STATE BEING FIRED Via tweet. Trump called Rex Tillerson to tell him the news personally three hours after the tweet went out. Tillerson’s top aide was also fired after contradicting the White House on the timeline. Here’s what to watch for as CIA Director Mike Pompeo becomes the next secretary of state and takes over a “shattered department.” His replacement, Gina Haspel, is under fire for running a torture program. And the musical chairs in the Trump administration may not be over, as Trump is eyeing Rick Perry to replace the embattled Veterans Affairs head. [HuffPost]