Five Fast Facts About Trump's New CIA Director

Submitted by James Miller of The Political Insider

This morning we learned that President Trump finally pulled the trigger on his decision to fire Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and replace him with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

That left an opening at the head of America's top intelligence agency. President Trump has indicated that Gina Haspel, the current Deputy Director of the CIA, will get the nomination to lead the agency.

Who is Gina Haspel? Here are five fast facts you need to know about her.

  1. Haspel, if confirmed by a majority vote in the Senate, would be the very first female head of the CIA. This is a great achievement, and one that liberals will give no credit to Trump for.
  2. Haspel has been a career CIA employee and once ran an agency prison in Thailand, where waterboarding was used an an extreme interrogation measure. President Trump has supported waterboarding in the past.
  3. Being appointed director of the CIA would be a huge promotion for Haspel, but she has held multiple leadership roles within the U.S. intelligence community in the past. Her past roles include being "deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action."
  4. Haspel was investigated for her role in heading a prison where waterboarding took place, and obeyed an order to destroy video evidence of the interrogation. The Justice Department ultimately filed no charges in the case.
  5. Haspel has received numerous rewards and accolades for her work, including the George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism and the Presidential Rank Award, which is the highest award in the federal civil service.

President Trump congratulated Haspel and Pompeo on their promotions this morning:

Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018


Edward Snowden had some comments of his own earlier this morning. First, he tweeted that "the new CIA director was a key part of the torture program and its illegal cover-up. Her name was on the Top Secret order demanding the destruction of tapes to prevent them being seen by Congress. Incredible. "

He then noted that "The new CIA Director Haspel, who "tortured some folks," probably can't travel to the EU to meet other spy chiefs without facing arrest due to an @ECCHRBerlin complaint to Germany's federal prosecutor."

He also asked a rhetorical question: "Are these really the values the US should be promoting? The CIA might as well start issuing uniforms decorated with skulls and lightning bolts." He said this in response to a NYT report according to which "As a clandestine officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002, Gina Haspel oversaw the torture of two terrorism suspects and later took part in an order to destroy videotapes documenting their brutal interrogations"

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Separately, Julian Assange, who has plenty of reason to be nervous following his public spat with Mike Pompeo, tweeted the following: "As head of CIA, the US press (aka "the Mighty Wurlitzer") fawned over Mike Pompeo. Congratulations, he's now your new Secretary of State."



Klassenfeind Juggernaut x2 Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:10 Permalink

Another Bush-era Swamp Creature at the CIA, while Mike Pompeo, the former head of the CIA, can implement the Deep-State & MIC agenda as official foreign policy at the State Department. You couldn't make this shit up...

And still the MAGA-turds here on ZH still believe that Trump will "drain the Swamp?" Hahahaha! Jesus, how stupid are you guys!? Bibi Netanyahu is laughing his ass off as more American lives will be wasted on wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Irak and Iran.

As Snowden's sarcastic remarks suggest: how long before the skulls and lightning bolts on the uniforms of the attendants of Trump's military parade?

Hail Trump! Sieg Heil!

Remember all you Trump fanboys, you all wanted it this way; a Berlin-style Wall to keep you locked inside a holding pen, a strong military, a strong CIA/NSA, waterboarding, and debt till eternity from the self-proclaimed "King of Debt."

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Herd Redirecti… coaltar Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:22 Permalink

First things first.  Tillerson wanted war with Russia, and he is now gone.  Whether Pompeo is a patriot or not, we will see.  As for the new CIA chief, if she helps clean up corruption in the US, such as in Congress, the CIA itself, that is pretty good.

It would be interesting to know why Tillerson was appointed in the first place, but I am willing to bet there was a Goldman Sachs ultimatum of some sort (Tillerson was 'former' GS).

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Jon_Locke Baron von Bud Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

Or maybe, just maybe, he wasn't doing his job as had been assigned. It appears Tillerson had his own agenda particularly in relation to Iran, so he was let go. Its clear, do your damn job you have been tasked to do or your gone. Most of these hires have been establishment people anyway. People complained when they were hired and now complaining they are getting fired.

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BetterRalph Baron von Bud Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Who cares?  You go where your told in the military.  It's not humiliation, if it was, then everytime you salute would be humiliation as well. It's not. You can SAY it is, but it's your opinion only.

If I am a fighter pilot and there's someone giving me grief, they're gonna address it, change or be gone.  There's 320 million to choose from.

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rodguy911 Baron von Bud Wed, 03/14/2018 - 08:17 Permalink

Actually Tillerson was running his own show trying to keep zeros Iran giveaway deal alive which was not appreciated,good move there.

As for Gina all the drivebys hate her and are going after her big time. That should tell you something right there.

The big claim on her is not so much the torture that wen on in 2002 right after 911 but the fact that she sent the orders that destroyed the tapes. Facts are however that she was only following orders and had no choice in the matter.

I say give her a shot and lets see how she really is,if Trump likes her shes worth giving a shot.

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DuneCreature BobEore Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:40 Permalink

Oh good, she's a terrorism expert.

Just what we need.

Maybe we can get this new CIA witch to call off ISIS.


~~~~~)))   We Are Wearing Out The Magic Hoop Of ISIS!  (((~~~~~

I like the way True Pundit makes this sound like some new revelation.

Shocking News! ... FBI Lies About Lost Vagrant Shooting!

Really? ... Where has True Pundit been? .. Stationed on Mars without charged up batteries for their walkie-talkies I guess. Must not be any cell phone service there either.

The FBI has an entire division devoted to lying and covering up massive criminal operations. ......... No, I'm not talking about FBI legal or the DoJ here. ... They are the next layer of protection to The FBI Office of Cover-Ups and False Flag Ops.

Quite frankly, I think we are being played by True Pundit too.

I mean, ISIS Terror? ....... Really?  .... Really? ..

We have to jump through THE HOOP OF ISIS? ... Really?

Doesn't True Pundit mean CIA Terror?

Didn't we establish that the CIA created, trains, arms, transports, funds and supports ISIS a long while back?

So basically what this article from these 'FBI agent whistle blowers' is saying is that our ABC agencies are shooting Americans for more funding, Operation Gun Grab and as easy moving targets to practice on for their covert agent trouble makers before shipping them back to their country of origin to wreck the legitimate regime there (To knock off Assad, Killary style).

What the True Pundit has is a poorly written headline there. .. It should read:

CIA Kills 58 People In Los Vegas And The FBI Covers It Up


................  Operation Set-Up Caught On Film  .................

Live Hard, Is That Too Much Information In The Headline So That Nobody Will Bother To Read The Article? ..... Too Graphic For The Kids?, Die Free

~ DC v8.8


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Chupacabra-322 DuneCreature Tue, 03/13/2018 - 13:29 Permalink

It’s all about “Optics.”


The Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Torturous Psychopaths at the CIA think they can install, put a Female and give Torture a softer face. 

She was there to assist in orchestrating the Torture Program.  

Lets ask her where the missing Torture video tapes are shall we?


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DuneCreature WillyGroper Tue, 03/13/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

Oh, those boys.

They aren't my boys necessarily. .. They are sources of intel.

I'm trying to analysis intel and pick out the truth nuggets. .. I'll take intel from anyone and cherry pick it. ... That's why I'm saying True Pundit is trying to misdirect. .. IF the Lost Vagrant shooting was ISIS it was CIA and no matter who it was they gave the LVPD an 15 minute head start minimum.

Did Ack (car)Toon Bar call 911 and say, '"I'm going to start shooting infidel cowboys in twenty minutes, you BBQ swine lovers!"

Aaah, no, but I better not give the FBI Cover-Up scriptwriters any more ideas. ... They'll pick the stupidest thing I can think of and run with it for sure.

Live Hard, Most Of What I'm Seeing On The Internet Is Complete Horseshit Brought To Us By 'The Ad Council Of Washington DC And (((Them)))', Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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DuneCreature dexter_morgan Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:06 Permalink

I don't care if she is confirmed.

Honestly, I want to see the entire IC dissolved. .. Her with it (retired).

Get rid of all this DHS secrecy shit. ..... (Hey, aim high and small.)

If we don't it WILL destroy the country.

We are going to have to deal with someone it might as well be Gina.

Live Hard, Women Are Predicable, They Operate On Emotion And Make Mistakes. .... I'll Take Haspel Over Andropov Any Day, Die Free

~ DC v8.8

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Joe Davola BennyBoy Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:24 Permalink

Did she die her hair after being nominated for an Academy Award for finding Bin Laden?

How was Snowden languishing as a contract employee when he knows all this stuff and what international laws were broken and where they can/will be enforced?

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DillyDilly Pollygotacracker Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

I'll excuse it because the case could be made that the hair looks like a die cast mold.


Ever heard of 'helmet hair'?


Even Donny Osmond couldn't escape that one.


& frankly, I think she kinda resembles TIGRIS OF GAUL…

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