Senate Confirms Torturer to Lead C.I.A., Completes Trump’s War Cabinet

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Washington, D.C. — May 17, 2018 — In response to the Senate voting to confirm Gina Haspel as C.I.A. Director, Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action’s Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs, released the following statement:

“The confirmation of Gina Haspel marks the completion of President Trump’s new war cabinet. We now have a Bush-era neocon serving as national security advisor, an Islamophobic war hawk as Secretary of State, and a torturer as C.I.A. Director.

“What’s remarkable about Haspel is that she’s shown no remorse for her role in torturing people, focusing her remorse instead on the negative perception the torture program generated for the C.I.A. Beyond the moral bankruptcy and illegality under international law, torture elicits bad information, undermines the United States’ international credibility and fuels violent extremism, which is exactly why confirming someone who played such a central role in the C.I.A.’s torture program is so dangerous.”

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