The inevitable result of illegal activity going unpunished: normalization.
The Obama administration had eight years to do something about this and instead decided turn the other way. All we got was a mealy-mouthed admission that "we tortured some folks."
"In 2002, she oversaw a secret prison in Thailand that tortured two terrorism suspects. That torture took place within the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program, in which suspected terrorists are sent to US allies, and interrogated in “black sites” on their soil.
One of the men, known as Abu Zubayda, was waterboarded 83 times in one month and was slammed into walls by the head. He was deprived of sleep and kept in a coffin-like box. Interrogators later decided he didn’t have any useful information.
ProPublica found that Haspel personally signed cables to CIA headquarters that detailed Zubayda’s interrogation.
CIA videos of the torture were destroyed in 2005, on the orders of a cable drafted by Haspel. Her then-boss Jose Rodriguez, the CIA’s director of operations for counterterrorism, signed off on the order. “The cable left nothing to chance. It even told them how to get rid of the tapes,” he wrote in his memoir, according to ProPublica. “They were to use an industrial-strength shredder to do the deed.”"
>He was reportedly persuaded by defense secretary Jim Mattis that the method is an ineffective intelligence tool.
I'm glad that there are still people with some common sense and who hold positions of power in the US defense/security apparatus.
So, basically she's fully qualified to lead the CIA?
Geeze, Eisenhower and JFK really weren't kidding when they warned about this.
We need a modern human rights movement that respects all people in the world. This isn't just a one-party problem, the Obama Targeted Killing Doc proves it spans across both political parties(1). It is also fundamentally antithetical to being American.
Welcome to the American security state
Entire government is run by shady people. Even tech boards of companies like Dropbox have Secretary Rice on them.
Why has this thread been flagged?
CIA creates more terrorists than it purportedly defuses by seeding deep resentment in people through the CIA's actions (torture being one of them).
Trump nominates torturer to lead CIA, HN erupts with anti-Obama comments...
Relatedly, 1/4 of Democratic candidates this cycle are affiliates of the national security state.