Center for Victims of Torture Alarmed Haspel Named as Potential CIA Director

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. and WASHINGTON — The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) today expressed alarm at the news that Gina Haspel, CIA deputy director, may be considered to lead the intelligence organization.

“Gina Haspel ran the CIA’s black site in Thailand, where she oversaw the brutal torture of two men. She then reportedly participated in the cover up of those grisly abuses,” said Scott Roehm, director of CVT’s Washington office. “If such acts are not disqualifying for one of the highest offices of the U.S. government, it is hard to imagine what is.”

At the black site, Haspel reportedly oversaw the horrendous torture of Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, later allegedly playing a part in the destruction of recordings documenting the torture.


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East.


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