Haspel was confirmed despite strong opposition over her extensive involvement in the CIA’s use of extreme interrogation methods, including waterboarding, following the September 11 attacks. Haspel also played a key role in the destruction of evidence of torture by the CIA.
According to an email obtained by The Intercept, prior to Haspel’s confirmation, a US Navy reserve officer reached out to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner to oppose her nomination, stressing that the interrogation methods used on one high-profile prisoner under Haspel’s supervision were “unusually cruel and designed to break him.”
“I have evaluated Mr. Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, as well as close to 20 other men who were tortured as part of the CIA’s RDI [Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation] program. I am one of the only health professionals he has ever talked to about his torture, its effects, and his ongoing suffering,” Dr. Sondra Crosby, a professor of public health at Boston University, wrote to Warner’s legislative director on Monday. “He is irreversibly damaged by torture that was unusually cruel and designed to break him. In my over 20 years of experience treating torture victims from around the world, including Syria, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr….