Haspel now likely to get CIA boss confirmation. Thanks, Democratic senators. You had one job.

The psyopsing worked.

Gina Haspel now appears to have secured enough votes to be confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, after two additional Senate Democrats today announced they will vote for her.

Yep. Gina Fucking Haspel.

It's 2018.

You can be personally responsible for destroying evidence of torture to prevent war crimes prosecution, and then return to lead the very agency you dirtied with your obscene embrace of Nazi/Communist bad guy tactics.

We're the bad guys now.

Nothing matters.


In 2002, she ran a C.I.A. prison in Thailand during which a captured Qaeda detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of orchestrating the 2000 bombing of the American destroyer Cole off the coast of Yemen, was subjected to waterboarding and other coercive techniques. She was also involved in the agency's destruction of tapes of interrogation sessions in 2005.

Reports Charlie Savage today in the New York Times:

Gina Haspel, President Trump's nominee to lead the C.I.A., appeared on Tuesday likely to be confirmed after she declared that the agency should not have undertaken its interrogation program in which Qaeda detainees were tortured after the Sept. 11 attacks — a condemnation she refused to make at her confirmation hearing last week.

In a letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Ms. Haspel said one of the "hard lessons since 9/11" was the costs of the agency's use of torture, which she called "enhanced interrogation."

"While I won't condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world," she wrote. "With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the C.I.A. should have undertaken. The United States must be an example to the rest of the world, and I support that."

After receiving the letter, Mr. Warner announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would support her confirmation. Minutes later, another Democrat, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said she, too, would vote for Ms. Haspel.

Against that backdrop, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, said the full Senate would vote on her confirmation at the end of the week — earlier than expected. The Intelligence Committee is scheduled to vote on her confirmation on Wednesday.

Never forget what a CIA vet said about Haspel's nomination.