The US Senate approved Gina was Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

BREAKING Gina Haspel Makes History Officially Confirmed as the CIA Director

Thursday's 54-45 vote split both parties, and the margin was the closest for a Central Intelligence Agency nominee in the almost seven decades that a nod from the Senate has been required.

US President Donald Trump had named Gina Haspel as the new Director of the CIA in a tweet in March as he announced that the previous director of the CIA Mike Pompeo will be taking over the role of US Secretary of State from Rex Tillerson.

The opposition towards Haspel was due to her role in the CIA's post 9/11 interrogation program.

An undercover officer for most of her CIA career, Haspel in 2002 served as CIA station chief in Thailand, where the agency conducted interrogations at a secret prison using methods including sleep deprivation, holding suspects in stress positions and confining them to coffin-size boxes.

Haspel was CIA station chief in Thailand in 2002 when the agency conducted harsh interrogations including waterboarding of suspected terrorists at secret "black site" facilities overseas following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. But according to Daniel J. Jones, who was a lead investigator for the Senate intelligence committee's torture report, "The CIA ignored the recommendation, and Haspel kept being promoted". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida. "They include the extraordinary sisterhood in CTC that brought their passion and drive to the fight to bring down aAl-Qaeda; the mentors, role models, and close friends who supported and believed in her throughout her career", the article read.

Six Democrats, four of whom face re-election in the fall in states where President Donald Trump is popular, joined Republicans in voting for Haspel. The controversial practice, which simulates drowning, has been likened to torture but supporters say it has helped extract valuable information from hardened terrorists.

In the end, not even McCain's opposition could stop Haspel from being confirmed. John McCain (R-Arizona). McCain was tortured while held in captivity during the Vietnam War and has been an influential voice on the issue. The program involved using techniques, such as waterboarding, that were later deemed as torture.

Maggie Hassan said she agrees with Republican Sen.

The New York Times reported she also drafted the cable ordering the destruction of videotapes of the interrogations, although the agency said her superior, Jose Rodriguez, had made the decision.

Meanwhile, two Senators who don't have to worry about answering to red-state voters during an election year extended their support for Haspel. More than 100 former US ambassadors who served both Republican and Democratic presidents sent the Senate a letter opposing Haspel, saying that despite her credentials, confirming her would give authoritarian leaders around the world the license to say USA behavior is "no different from ours".

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