Senate should confirm Gina Haspel

She has the experience to be a superb leader for the CIA

Gina Haspel, nominated by President Donald Trump to head the CIA, spent much of her career at the CIA in undercover roles, performing work truly critical to national security. It is known she played a key role in what is being termed “brutal interrogation” of suspects involved in Islamic terrorism. “Waterboarding,” a technique used to simulate drowning, was used on some of the detainees.

Many Americans frown on that. Some think it ought to disqualify Haspel from consideration to head the CIA.

But let us remember that Haspel’s work occurred in the years immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. She and others in the CIA did what they thought needed to be done to prevent additional mass murders by the terrorists. And they refrained from using many torture methods utilized routinely by many of our enemies. The activities they undertook were deemed legal by officials in the Justice Department and elsewhere in the executive branch.

Finally, Haspel and others at the CIA engaged in their work with the knowledge of some in Congress, including a few who claim not to remember being briefed on the agency’s actions.

When government policy changed and activities such as those viewed as legal in the days after Sept. 11, 2001, were forbidden, Haspel followed orders and ceased them. She should get the fair shake from the Senate that she has earned.

Haspel is a patriot who is immensely well qualified to lead the CIA.

She should be confirmed.