Tag Archives: CIA

USA | The CIA Within Academe

Book documents how foreign and domestic intelligence agencies use — and perhaps exploit — higher education and academe for spy operations.

By Nick Roll

USA | Gina Haspel and Torture: Not Just Immoral, But a Tool for More War

With the confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director, there’s rightfully great interest in her record regarding torture. Contrary to the rhetoric–and with barely a word about the utility of torture in rigging the case for the Iraq invasion–the actual ends of torture are incredibly worse than the gruesome means.

USA | Ray McGovern: Gina Haspel Supervised Nazi-Era Interrogation Techniques

During her Senate confirmation hearings, CIA nominee Gina Haspel evaded questions about her role in using “enhanced interrogation” (torture) techniques, which have their origins in the Nazi-era, explains for CIA analyst Ray McGovern

USA | President Trump’s Nominee for CIA Director Overshadowed by Torture Allegations

[John Kiriakou was a CIA analyst and case officer from 1990 to 2004. He was the first U.S. government official to confirm in December 2007 that waterboarding was used to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners, a practice he described as torture. In this piece, Kiriakou shares his views on Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As it has been widely reported in the mainstream media, Haspel’s involvement in CIA torture programs–particularly at a CIA secret prison in Thailand–and her role in the destruction of more than 90 video tapes of waterboarding overshadows her senate confirmation hearing set for May 9th, 2018.]

USA | The CIA’s new nominee director Gina Haspel once ran a torture site and destroyed evidence

As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ secretary of state, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA.

Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role (paywall) in running a US torture site abroad and later destroyed the evidence of it.