Letters to the Editor

Letter: Haspel shouldn't be CIA chief

Connection to torture is too much to lead

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To the editor:

Trump Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted this shameful support for Bush-era torturer Gina Haspel's nomination to become CIA chief: "There is no one more qualified to be the first woman to lead the CIA than 30+ year CIA veteran Gina Haspel. Any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite."

Haspel is a documented torturer for her reign overseeing America's vast network of black site torture prisons around the world after the 9/11 attacks. Haspel compounded her crimes by deliberately destroying 92 tapes of the torture she oversaw in violation of a Justice Department order to preserve them.

Haspel not only escaped censure, loss of her job, even prosecution for immoral and criminal conduct that shames America's cherished values, she's up for confirmation to head the agency of her wrongdoing.

Empowering women is a worthy goal. Promoting torturers to achieve that goal is not.

Walt Zlotow
Glen Ellyn