The US Senate approved Gina was Haspel as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Gina Haspel new CIA director. PTI

The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"For more than a decade, the United States has failed to ensure truth, accountability, and access to remedy for victims of official USA torture and enforced disappearance".

Warner's vote also differed from Virginia's junior Senator, Tim Kaine, who voted Nay at the confirmation vote for Haspel.

Haspel, 61, is a native of Kentucky but grew up around the world as the daughter of an Air Force serviceman.

Raha Wala at Human Rights First says the Senate's decision on Thursday to confirm her was unwise.

The September 11 attacks put her into the middle of the now heavily criticized interrogation program, much of which, if launched today, would be illegal under USA law.

Haspel may have possibly done her self some good when trying to get Senator Warner's vote as well.

Haspel has vowed never to restart such a program and says her "strong moral compass" would prevent her from carrying out any presidential order she found objectionable.

Those speaking out in favor of Haspel's candidacy - like Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va. - cited, among other things, the enormous support for Haspel from within the CIA. Haspel was appointed its head after Zubayadah, but she was present during another severe torture case, Abdal-Rahim al-Nashiri.

John Brennan, CIA director during Obama's tenure, said, "Haspel has the experience, the breadth and depth, on intelligence issues".

Haspel once oversaw a so-called black site in Thailand after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US.

Two Republicans voted against her, while Republican Senator John McCain, who was tortured during years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is in Arizona battling brain cancer and could not vote.

But several Democrats expressed worry that Haspel might not stand up to the president who in 2016 told supporters that "torture works" and that he would like to see interrogation techniques "tougher than waterboarding".

Six Democratic senators - Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Bill Nelson of Florida - voted for her. One mostly opposed by a majority of his Democratic colleagues. "Out of the spotlight, whether at Langley and deployed overseas, Ms. Haspel has quietly earned the respect and admiration of those who matter most - the men and women of the CIA, and distinguished current and former intelligence community leaders".

"To hold her up as an exemplar, an individual whose career will serve as guidance to those who will join the agency in the future, is shocking".

Rights groups had urged senators to block Haspel's nomination.

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