A publisher just devised brilliant plan to expose Trump’s CIA choice’s pro-torture past


Since President Trump has been playing musical chairs with his cabinet, he’s run out of merely questionable nominees and started dipping into the well of downright deplorable ones. Case in point is his nominee to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA Director (he will be replacing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State).

Gina Haspel is up, and Democrats, as well as anyone opposed to torture, are already sounding the alarm. In response to the selection of a nominee with a long history of sanctioning and overseeing torture, the independent publisher Melville House made the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture available for free download.

The report was published in 2014 and pulls from 6 million CIA documents dealing with “interrogation and detention programs,” or “torture” that dates back to the days following 9/11.

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Gina Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and ran a CIA “black site” prison in Thailand in 2002 that used “interrogation techniques” like waterboarding, which should immediately disqualify her from consideration for anything other than a proportional punishment, but apparently Trump saw fit to nominate her for a leadership position.

The sales manager at Melville House, Peter Clark said in a statement, “What’s clear from the Torture Report is that Haspel helped develop, authorize, and oversee what became one of the worst and most inhumane programs in U.S. government history. It tarnished the reputation of America and disgusted sensible people everywhere. It was evil and wrong. And it didn’t work.” 

At least two Republicans have opposed the nomination, including Rand Paul (R-KY) and John McCain (R-AZ), who himself was tortured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War.

If there is any sanity left in this government, Haspel will face a huge uphill battle during her nomination hearings. Melville’s move to make the torture report is just one small step towards keeping her out of a job.


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