Gina Haspel sworn in as first female CIA director

Veteran CIA officer Gina Haspel,61 was sworn in as the first female CIA’s director on Monday (May 22).

Ms Haspel was confirmed by the Senate last week in a 54-45 vote, despite the deep reservations of some lawmakers about her past involvement in the torture of terror suspects in the post-9/11 era.

The ceremony took place on Monday morning, May 21, at agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia, with President Donald Trump in attendance.

Ms Haspel said she took pride in being the first woman to lead the agency, adding: “I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never sought public acclaim, but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them.”

Ms Haspel said after being sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence and introduced by President Donald Trump “I stand on the shoulders of heroines who never sought public acclaim, but served as inspirations to the generations that came after them,”.

“I would not be standing before you today if not for the remarkable courage and dedication displayed by generations” of women officers,

Haspel promised senators at her confirmation hearing that she would not restart the torture program if confirmed as CIA director, even if pressed to do so by President Trump. Trump has said in the past that “torture works” and that he would consider using it again.

Gina Haspel will be the first female director in the 71-year history of the agency. The 61-year-old, who has been a CIA employee for 33 years, won Senate confirmation last week after overcoming concerns about her role in the
agency’s use of harsh interrogation techniques after 9/11.

Mr Trump paid tribute to Ms Haspel as “a very special person” who was uniquely qualified to lead “the most elite intelligence professionals on the planet Earth.” “Our enemies will take note: Gina is tough. She is strong. And when it comes to defending America, Gina will never, ever back down,”

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