While CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s confirmation as the next secretary of state looks to be a done deal, whether his deputy, Gina Haspel, will be confirmed as the first female director of “the Agency” is less certain. It ought not to be. It ought not to be a close vote or delayed. We don’t know much about the specifics of Haspel’s career, only the outlines. After all, it’s the lot of intelligence professionals to succeed privately and fail publicly. But we know she has received one of the agency’s highest awards for operational success and we know she has dedicated her adult life to protecting the country, often in far-off, dangerous places and with extraordinary competence over a very long time. Nevertheless, some very menacing political spears are being sharpened for Haspel. It seems some on the left want to re-litigate the early years of the post-9/11 world. Once again they want to debate “enhanced interrogation techniques,” … [Read more...] about The country needs Gina Haspel in the CIA’s top post. Don’t delay her vote.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A World War II soldier who became a spy in Europe for the forerunner of the CIA has died in Maine. Irving Isaacson was 102.Isaacson was a retired lawyer in Lewiston. The Albert & Burpee Funeral Home in Lewiston confirms he died at Hospice House in his native Auburn last week.He was a U.S. Army soldier assigned to the Office of Strategic Services. The Portland Press Herald reports he was trained to parachute behind enemy lines. He also helped the Dutch resistance effort.Isaacson spied on the Soviets in eastern Europe. He authored "Memoirs of an Amateur Spy: The Story of the First OSS Spy in the Cold War with the Russians" in 2001.Isaacson met his wife, Auschwitz concentration camp survivor Judith Magyar Isaacson, in 1945. She died in 2015 at age 90.———Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com … [Read more...] about World War II soldier who became a pre-CIA spy dies at 102
She was acting director of the National Clandestine Service, responsible for espionage and covert action around the world, and under consideration to keep the position permanently. But John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, selected Frank Archibald, a veteran officer who had previously reported to Haspel as the chief of the Latin American division. … [Read more...] about After a CIA career in the shadows, Gina Haspel to face the spotlight of controversy
close Video Strzok-Page text messages recovered for key dates The political rhetoric over the FISA abuse memo took a new turn with the ranking Democrat drafting his own version; Catherine Herridge goes in-depth for 'Special Report.' Newly uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page suggest a possible coordination between high-ranking officials at the Obama White House, CIA, FBI, Justice Department and former Senate Democratic leadership in the early stages of the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to GOP congressional investigators on Wednesday. Republican investigators provided documents to Fox News which -- they say -- “strongly suggest” coordination between former President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, then-Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, and CIA Director John Brennan —which they say would “contradict” the Obama … [Read more...] about Documents suggest possible coordination between CIA, FBI, Obama WH and Dem officials early in Trump-Russia probe: investigators
U.S. John McCain Dick Cheney Gina Haspel CIA Torture President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Central Intelligence Agency has spurred a feud between the daughters of Republican Senator John McCain and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who take opposing views on appointee Gina Haspel’s track record with torture tactics. Not long after the Tuesday announcement, John McCain—who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam—released a statement calling the period when the United States tortured its own detainees “one of the darkest chapters in American history,” and insisting that the Senate take a critical eye to Haspel’s involvement in the program during confirmation hearings. Soon after, Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney retweeted the senator, adding her own commentary defending the Enhanced Interrogation Program’s “techniques,” which she said had prevented acts of terrorism, saved … [Read more...] about Meghan McCain and Liz Cheney Engage In Twitter Feud Over Torture After Trump’s CIA Nomination