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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

She’s a career intelligence officer, the first female deputy CIA director, it’s torturer-in-chief, earlier running a black site in Thailand, notorious for using torture during interrogations.

Post-9/11, she was instrumental in launching global black site torture prisons. Reportedly she was involved in destroying incriminating videotapes, showing torture at the facility she ran along with others.

She remains unaccountable for high crimes too grave to ignore, promoted instead, nominated by Trump to head Langley.

Torture is illegal at all times, under all circumstances, with no allowed exceptions. Washington makes its own rules, international, constitutional and US statute laws discarded with impunity.

Reportedly Haspel wanted her name withdrawn to avoid embarrassing Senate confirmation hearing testimony – certain to include questions about her involvement in the CIA’s torture program.

According to the neocon/Langley house organ Washington Post, “Haspel told the White House she was interested in stepping aside if it avoided the spectacle of a brutal confirmation hearing on Wednesday and potential damage to the CIA’s reputation and her own.”

On Friday, she met with administration officials at the White House. Trump reportedly wants to stick with her.

Her Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Much can change between now and then.

On Sunday, CBS News reported that her nomination “is going forward,” according to an unnamed administration official.

She’s the first woman nominated to head the agency. It sent Congress a declassified memorandum, clearing her of any wrongdoing in destroying videotapes of harsh interrogations amounting to torture.

On Saturday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders indefensibly defended her, saying there’s no one “more qualified to be the first woman to lead the CIA than” Haspel.

The late Chalmers Johnson understood how the agency operates from firsthand experience – earlier serving as a consultant to its Office of National Estimates (ONE).

It operates extrajudicially, he said, uncontrolled by checks and balances. Its most sinister mission involves “perform(ing) functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the National Security Council may direct.” 

Operating unaccountably worldwide, it’s involved in toppling  democratically elected governments, assassinating heads of state and key officials, propping up friendly despots, and continuing the agency’s torture program without admitting it.

Langley is largely a global Mafia hit squad incompatible with democratic freedoms and rule of law principles.

Johnson said its “unchecked power (and existence) “shorten the life of the American republic.”

Haspel was the agency’s torturer-in-chief, her confirmation by no means certain. It could still be withdrawn at the 11th hour.

Her deplorable record can’t be erased or papered over. She symbolizes a rogue agency incompatible with what free societies cherish.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.