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New pick for CIA director considered a controversial choice – here’s why

New pick for CIA director considered a controversial choice – here’s why

On Tuesday, President Trump announced his nomination of Gina Haspel to serve as the first woman in charge of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Referred to as a “black site” prison, the facility used waterboarding as a method to gain information from prisoners — a practice which President Bush eventually banned in 2006.

Today, Senator John McCain criticized the decision to promote Haspel, saying “The torture of detainees in US custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American History.

German prosecutors are currently considering the issuance of an arrest warrant for the nominee, citing an alleged violation of the European Convention on Human Rights for her involvement in the torturing of CIA detainees.

Haspel’s nomination comes as current head of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, was chosen by President Trump to replace outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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