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Gina Haspel Personally Observed Torture at Secret CIA Black Site, Psychologist Testifies

HeadlineJun 06, 2022

Former CIA Director Gina Haspel personally observed the torture of Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri in 2002, when she oversaw a CIA black site in Thailand. That’s according to recent testimony to a Guantánamo Bay military court by CIA psychologist James Mitchell, who’s been identified as an “architect” of the CIA’s torture program. Mitchell testified that Haspel watched as interrogators repeatedly slammed al-Nashiri’s head into a wall, forced him into a small confinement box and subjected him to “waterboarding” by immobilizing him, placing a rag over his mouth and pouring water over it. Gina Haspel is a CIA veteran who served at the agency for 33 years before she became CIA director under President Trump.

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