Federal prosecutors currently have a request to issue an arrest warrant for President Trump’s new director of the CIA.
Gina Haspel currently serves as the deputy director and in order to take the top spot, she will have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
Haspel is coming under fire for running a secret CIA prison in Thailand that was used to house, question, and allegedly torture detainees during the second Bush administration’s War on Terror. Haspel was in charge of the prison at the time as its “Chief of Base” and what she personally did at the prison is the subject of the arrest warrant.
We can only imagine how bad things were, but CNN is reported that waterboarding was involved, which was made illegal in 2006. Bush’s administration was instrumental in authorizing the CIA secret prisons, otherwise known as ‘black sites’ where all sorts of torture techniques were used.
While its common knowledge that several techniques like waterboarding were approved, even if they were illegal, Haspel might have gone above and beyond the scope of her duties.
It’s been reported in the media that Haspel herself was even personally involved in the torture of one Zayn Al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah. He was waterboarded an astonishing 83 times. He wasn’t even affiliated with al-Qaeda, a major oversight on the part of Haspel and the CIA.
The Attorney General at the time, Josh Ashcroft, only approved the use of 10 techniques, including: “the attention grasp, walling, the facial hold, the facial slap (insult slap), cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, use of diapers and use of insects.” Two days after his approval, he added waterboarding to the list.
Keep in mind – the arrest warrant request is coming from the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (“ECCHR”), which is in the possession of federal prosecutors in Munich. But, it’s important for several reasons. If the arrest warrant is issued, the director of the CIA would be subject to arrest if she ever travels to Europe. Basically, she wouldn’t be able to fully do her job if appointed by the Senate.
“Those who commit, order or allow torture should be brought before a court – this is especially true for senior officials from powerful nations. The prosecutor must, under the principle of universal jurisdiction, open investigations, secure evidence and seek an arrest warrant. If the deputy director travels to Germany or Europe, she must be arrested.”