After the nomination of Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligece Agency (CIA), an independent publisher, Melville House, has offered a free e-book of the Senate report on torture.
There have been conflicting reports on the role Haspel played in the torture of terrorist suspects at a CIA “black site” prison in Thailand in 2002. The New York Times, and ProPublica reported she is responsible for the excessive waterboarding and loss of an eye for prisoner, Abu Zubaydah.
ProPublica has since printed a partial retraction, claiming that Haspel was not in charge at the Thailand prison in 2002. However, the publication did go on to point out:
The February 2017 ProPublica story did accurately report that Haspel later rose to a senior position at CIA headquarters, where she pushed her bosses to destroy the tapes of Zubaydah’s waterboarding. Her direct boss, the head of the agency’s Counterterrorism Center, ultimately signed the order to feed the 92 tapes into a shredder. Her actions in that instance, and in the waterboarding of al-Nashiri, are likely to be the focus of questions at her confirmation hearings.
Regardless, Melville House sales manager, Peter Clark said in a blog:
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.
Senator John McCain, who suffered torture while a prisoner of war in Vietnam, may have said it best when he stated Haspel may have:
...to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation process.
In the meantime, you can download the free ebook of the Senate report on torture by following this link.
People also reacted to the retraction from ProPublica.
For some people the retraction didn't matter. They still didn't see Haspel as a good choice.
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