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.

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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.”

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‘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

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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.

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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]

CIA bans Chelsea Manning from Harvard, protest campaign

This 16 February 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Redemption for Chelsea Manning: Campaign Against Harvard Working

Petition: Withdraw Support from Harvard: ‘I will not have any affiliation with Harvard or provide any support for it whatsoever if they do not reverse their disgraceful decision on Chelsea Manning‘: here.

I’m a fellow at Harvard, and I know that their silencing of Chelsea Manning puts power before freedom of speech: here.

Harvard Shames Itself by Staging a Koch-Sponsored Betsy {DeVos] Lovefest–No Dissenting Voices Allowed. At conference called “The Future of School Choice,” there is nary a critic of this radical rightwing agenda: here.

England: The World Socialist Web Site has been investigating the censorship of a panel discussion, “Whistleblowing: Exposing injustices or undermining institutions?” hosted by the Oxford Union earlier this year. Records of the event, including transcripts and videos, have been withheld from publication—apparently to suppress remarks by human rights activist Heather Marsh about the activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made in the presence on one of its former operatives, David Shedd: here.

United States Harvard University kowtows to Trump’s CIA against Chelsea Manning

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Collateral MurderWikiLeaks – Iraq

3 April 2010

WikiLeaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents.

After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths occurred. WikiLeaks released this video with transcripts and a package of supporting documents on April 5th 2010 on

This video material on war crimes in Iraq was given to WikiLeaks by whistleblower Chelsea Manning. People worldwide celebrated after Ms Manning was freed from torture imprisonment early this year.

Then, Harvard University offered Chelsea Manning a visiting fellowship.

However, then Donald Trump’s CIA boss Mike Pompeo and other CIA top bureaucrats went hysterical.

HARVARD RESCINDS OFFER OF VISITING FELLOWSHIP TO CHELSEA MANNING Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, called Manning’s fellowship designation a “mistake.” [HuffPost]

From the New York Times in the USA on Twitter:

Facing criticism, a Harvard dean said that he was revoking his invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow

After current and former C.I.A. officials pulled out of commitments at the Kennedy School, its dean said he regretted naming Ms. Manning a fellow.

Meanwhile, Harvard University’s invitation to become a visiting fellow to Sean Spicer, Donald Trump‘s ex-press secretary, notorious for, eg, his whitewashing of Hitler’s Holocaust, still stands. So is the invitation for Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager who was arrested and charged with assaulting a journalist.

This broken promise to Ms Manning by Harvard bigwigs fits in ‘nicely’ with Donald Trump’s war on transgender people in the military.

Chelsea Manning reacted to this on Twitter:

This is what a military/police/intel state looks like 🕵️🕵️‍♀️ The CIA determines what is and is not taught at Harvard

Is Harvard University becoming Trump University?

Harvard University’s decision to revoke whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government under pressure from the Central Intelligence Agency is a contemptible act of political cowardice: here.