CIA director promotes woman who approved destruction of CIA "harsh interrogation" videos

A woman has been placed in charge of the CIA’s clandestine service for the first time in the agency’s history, reports the Washington Post. She's a veteran officer whom many in the agency support, and the high-level appointment is seen as a step forward for women in Washington. That's the good news! The bad news is...
[S]he also helped run the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and signed off on the 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment critics have called torture. The woman, who remains undercover and cannot be named, was put in the top position on an acting basis when the previous chief retired last month. The question of whether to give her the job permanently poses an early quandary for [CIA Director John] Brennan, who is already struggling to distance the agency from the decade-old controversies.

More: "CIA director faces a quandary over clandestine service appointment". [The Washington Post, via @dabeard]

There's some speculation it's this person. [Gawker]


  1. There’s no “distancing” the CIA from torture.  It’s a criminal organization.  Every major crime you can think of, from assassination to overthrowing elected governments abroad to drug running, the CIA has done it.  They can no more distance themselves from torture than Charles Manson can distance himself from murder.  There is no reforming the CIA.  Obama can abolish it, or collaborate with it.  He obviously never considered abolition.

  2. She is undercover and cannot be named – and this makes protest and calls for accountability even harder than usual.  Perfect!

  3. Just tell Karl Rove she’s supporting a Democratic candidate, he’ll have one of his tools out her.

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