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Tell the Senate: Don’t confirm torturer "Bloody Gina" Haspel to head the CIA!

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    Tell the Senate: Don’t confirm torturer "Bloody Gina" Haspel to head the CIA!

    Petition to the Senate:
    Gina Haspel was involved the CIA’s dark history of illegally waterboarding and torturing detainees – then destroying the evidence. This should immediately disqualify her from leading the CIA. We strongly urge you to oppose Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA Director.

    Gina Haspel is the first woman to be nominated to CIA Director – and according to the former deputy director of the ACLU she’s also “quite literally a war criminal” who covered up torture.

    In 2002 a detainee was interrogated and tortured, including being waterboarded 83 times in a single month.1 His head was slammed into walls and he was stuffed into a “coffin-like” box. And one point in the interrogation, he appeared dead and have to be revived by medics.

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    The detainee in question never provided the CIA with any valuable intelligence because the CIA mis-identified him as being a high-ranking Al Qaeda member.2

    Years later, as controversy around the CIA’s torture practices grew, Gina Haspel pushed to have video tapes of the torture sessions destroyed. She got her way, and drafted an order to destroy 92 tapes of interrogations.3

    Gina Haspel should be disqualified from serving as Director of the CIA. That she’s even being considered for the job is an endorsement of torture. Even top Republicans like Rand Paul and John McCain are expressing outrage over this. Which means if enough of us speak up and demand the Senate block her nomination, we could actually to stop this.

    Sign and share the petition: Tell the Senate to vote NO on torturer Gina Haspel.


    1. New York Times, “Gina Haspel, Trump's Choice for C.I.A., Played Role in Torture Program,” March 13, 2018.
    2. Slate, “Trump’s Nominee to Lead CIA Supervised Torture of Mistakenly Identified Subject, Then Destroyed Evidence,” March 13, 2018.
    3. New Yorker, “The New CIA Deputy Chief's Black Site Past” February 3, 2017