How Do You Solve a Problem Like Gina Haspel?

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, is sworn in during the confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, May 9, 2018 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the CIA, is sworn in during the confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, May 9, 2018 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).
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In all likelihood, Gina Haspel will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also likely that she will perform her duties competently and will be respected by the CIA’s workforce and the larger national security community. Nonetheless, her nomination and her record on torture, which was addressed during her confirmation hearing last week, will linger in the minds of those who worry about the direction of U.S. national security under the Trump administration. Haspel’s long career in intelligence, along with her experience and reputation as a team player […]

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