Thursday, May 17, 2018

Glass Ceiling Broken: Gina Haspel Confirmed as First Woman to Head CIA

The vote for confirmation was 54-45. Joining 48 Republicans were six Democrats — Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Gina Cheri Haspel (née Walker;[1] born October 1, 1956[2]) is an American intelligence officer currently serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), becoming the first woman to hold the post on a full time basis.[3] She had been previously the Deputy Director under Mike Pompeo in the beginning of the Trump administration.[4][5][6]
She became Acting Director following Pompeo's resignation to become United States Secretary of State and was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the official CIA Director. On May 17, 2018, she was confirmed as the CIA Director, making her the first female CIA Director in history.[7] She was the second female Deputy Director in history.[5][6][8][9][10]
Haspel has attracted controversy for her role as chief of a CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 in which prisoners were tortured with so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques", including waterboarding.[11][12][13][14][15] At that time, the George W. Bush administration considered the techniques legal based on a set of secret, now-repudiated legal opinions that expansively defined executive authority and narrowly defined torture.[16][17]
Haspel joined the CIA in January 1985 as a reports officer.[1][22] She held several undercover overseas positions, for many of which she was station chief.[23][24] Her first field assignment was from 1987–1989 in Ethiopia,[22][25] Central Eurasia,[22] Turkey,[1] followed by several assignments in Europe and Central Eurasia from 1990 to 2001.[22][18]
From 2001 to 2003, her position was listed as Deputy Group Chief, Counterterrorism Center.[22]

Between October and December 2002, Haspel was assigned to oversee a secret CIA prison in Thailand, code-named Cat's Eye, that housed persons suspected of involvement in Al-Qaeda. The prison was part of the US government's extraordinary rendition program after the September 11 attacks, and used enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding that are considered by many to be torture although those methods were deemed legal at the time by agency lawyers. According to a former senior CIA official, Haspel arrived as station chief after the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah but was chief during the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.[18]
From 2004 to 2005, Haspel was Deputy Chief of the National Resources Division.[25][22]
After the service in Thailand, she served as an operations officer in Counterterrorism Center near Washington, DC.[22] She later served as the CIA's station chief in London and, in 2011, New York.[18][26]More Here