The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director, making her the first woman to lead the spy agency despite the controversy surrounding her role in the waterboarding program. Invoice Nelson of Florida, Sen.
The full Senate vote comes on the heels of a contentious debate over her nomination, back-and-forth stemming from concerns over her reported role in the CIA's "black sites" - overseas prisons the agency used to hold and interrogate top al Qaeda terrorists, including waterboarding. "Gina Haspel advocated for torture". Other Democrats voting yes were Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia - most of whom are up for re-election this November in states Trump received handily in 2016.
A 33-year veteran of the CIA, Haspel will be the first woman to lead the agency and is now serving as its acting director.
On Tuesday, Warner said he would support Haspel's nomination. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Later that day, Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, opposed the nominee.
"For the first time in the history of the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency will be led by someone with a past role in the use of torture", Christopher Anders, deputy director of ACLU's legislative office, said in a statement.
"Whereas I will not condemn those who made these arduous calls, and I've famous the dear intelligence collected, this system finally did injury to our officers and our standing on this planet", Haspel continued.
The CIA said those foreign postings include Europe, Eurasia and Africa, though it has declined to name the countries, saying that's classified information.
Also on Wednesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake, from McCain's home state of Arizona, said he would be a "no" vote when the full Senate decides on Haspel, citing the interrogation program and Haspel's drafting of a cable ordering the destruction of videotapes of interrogations. Among those who supported her nomination were six former CIA directors Porter Goss, John Brennan, Leon Panetta, George Tenet, William Webster and Mike Hayden and three former national intelligence directors James Clapper, Mike McConnell and John Negroponte.
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