The U.S. Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as director of the CIA Thursday, following a battle in Congress over her links to the use of brutal torture and interrogation techniques. A vote of 54-45 in the 100-member Senate allowed her to slip into the role with the majority. Six Democrats joined President Trump's fellow Republicans in voting for Haspel, and two Republicans voted no. Haspel has previously served as an undercover CIA agent, and as the CIA station chief in Thailand.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.