>> Many other->> She would be the first woman to head the CIA. But President Trump's choice of veteran spy Gina Haspel for the top post is stirring up dark memories from the US war on terror and opposition on Capital Hill. In 2002, intelligence sources say Haspel headed a secret CIA prison code named Cat's Eye where detainees were tortured.
Reporter Mark Hozenbal has reported extensively on CIA detentions.>> She was, at least for a period of time, the head of the CIA station, the top CIA person in Thailand. And while she was heading the CIA state in Thailand, the CAI had kind of a secret prison there where they mistreated, used harsh interrogation techniques or tortured at least one or two Al Qaeda people that they picked up in the wake of the September 11th attacks.
>> It was one of several so-called black sites run by the CIA under President George W Bush that drew international outrage including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison network later shut down by President Obama. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, on Tuesday said he would oppose Haspel to replace Mike Pompeo, who Trump tapped to become Secretary of State.
Saying in a statement Ms. Haspel's background makes her unsuitable to serve as CIA director. Senior Democrat Dianne Feinstein, saying she also has concerns. On Tuesday, Trump called her an outstanding person, and several Republican lawmakers voiced support. But at least one Republican, Senator John McCain, is reserving judgment. McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said in a statement the torture of detainees in US custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history, adding, Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement.