Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

ProPublica Issues Major Correction to Report on CIA Director Nominee

ProPublica Issues Major Correction to Report on CIA Director Nominee

Neither he nor President Trump have ever served in the armed forces. Despite the scores of administration officials who have been ousted, escorted out or simply left, Trump is still managing to make an indelible mark on the federal government, installing scores of conservative judges to lifetime appointments, gutting hard-won regulations and slashing vital social safety net programs.

In April 2009, Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta said the longer operated black sites.

ProPublica noted that her advocacy for shredding 92 incriminating videotapes, as well as the waterboarding of al-Nashiri, are "likely to be the focus of questions at her confirmation hearings".

After President Donald Trump nominated CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to takeover as director, stories from a year ago circulated about how she was in charge of a secret CIA prison in Thailand that tortured al-Qaeda suspects.

Trump had previously claimed that "waterboarding works", and that "only a stupid person would say it doesn't work", despite the majority opinion of interrogation professionals that it's not only inhumane but often induces false confessions that send counterterrorism agents on world-circling, time-wasting missions to obtain corroboration. Waterboarding, constricted confinement in a box for long periods of time, humiliation, forced feeding through the rectum and numerous other painful procedures were used.

He also does not believe the Bush-Cheney administration engaged in torture.

Meanwhile, Haspel has bigger problems than Al Qaeda-including, of course, Russia's past and present programs to subvert US elections, a topic anathema to Trump. "We did call her Bloody Gina", Kiriakou said on the "Democracy Now!" news hour. "This sounds like someone who was giving them, which I would argue is far worse".

"One of the main things to watch as he goes to the State Department, where he'll be a critical part of making and implementing U.S. policy around the world, is whether his views stay the same, or if he falls in line with the president", he said. Kiriakou asked, "Was it moral, and was it ethical, and was it legal?"

"I can't support people who never understood America First and want to manipulate the President into the sphere of the neocons who never met a war they didn't want to star in", Paul said.

Wala pointed out that many professional interrogators have rejected torture as an unreliable form of intelligence gathering that can lead to false information, because people will say anything to end the shock, pain and suffering inflicted on them. But Feinstein recently has tempered her opposition and said she plans to meet privately with Haspel before deciding whether to oppose the nomination.

Finally, we come to John Bolton.

According to critics, the real scandal continues to be Haspel's participation in torture and the subsequent cover-up-not the news outlet's error.

Wala noted that, before the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US recognized that waterboarding was a form of torture because it had prosecuted Japanese soldiers in World War II for waterboarding and other forms of water torture.

Lest anyone think otherwise, her nomination will sail through the Senate despite some isolated harrumphing from the usual scolds like Senator Diane Feinstein, for whom Kiriakou worked. "They have to take care where they travel".

The CIA declined a request from two Democratic senators to declassify details about her career in February 2017, when Trump named Haspel the CIA's deputy director. Neither of these assertions is correct and we retract them. "Notorious torturers shouldn't be allowed to travel freely through Europe".

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