no remorse over torture

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One of Gina Haspel's torture victims is described by an American doctor and Naval reserve officer as "one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen," reports The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill:

"I have evaluated Mr. Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, as well as close to 20 other men who were tortured as part of the CIA's RDI [Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation] program. I am one of the only health professionals he has ever talked to about his torture, its effects, and his ongoing suffering," Dr. Sondra Crosby, a professor of public health at Boston University, wrote to Warner's legislative director on Monday. "He is irreversibly damaged by torture that was unusually cruel and designed to break him. In my over 20 years of experience treating torture victims from around the world, including Syria, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. al-Nashiri presents as one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen."

Nashiri was snatched in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2002 and "rendered" to Afghanistan by the CIA and eventually taken to the Cat's Eye prison in Thailand that was run by Haspel from October to December 2002. He was suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen. He is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay prison.

Scahill notes that "the known acts of torture committed against Nashiri at the site that Haspel ran and other US facilities included:"

• suffocated with water (waterboarding) • subjected to mock execution with a drill and gun while standing naked and hooded • anal rape through rectal feeding • threatened that his mother would be sexually assaulted • lifted off ground by arms while they were bound behind his back (after which a medical officer opined that shoulders might be dislocated)

She cited a public statement from one of the CIA contractors who developed the enhanced interrogation program, psychologist James Mitchell, who said he witnessed an interrogator "dousing Nashiri with cold water while using a stiff bristled brush to scrub his ass and balls and then his mouth and then blowing cigar smoke in his face until he became nauseous."

Crosby added: "It is important to note that the barbarity of the torture methods used were shrouded and concealed in sterile euphemisms."

Ian Welsh is dismayed that Haspel has been confirmed to lead the CIA:

The bottom line is that Americans and their leaders are really, truly, ok with illegal wars and torture whenever the decision has to actually be made, and today America's leaders showed that they do not even feel any actual remorse, or even that torturing was a mistake that matters.

At MPS, tengrain drops some snark:

Gina Haspell is confirmed as the first woman director of the CIA, and I will add she is also the first unindicted war criminal to lead the CIA, so it's a two-fer.

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