Mike Pompeo and the Arduous Task of Cleaning CIA's Face
By Roberto Garcia Hernandez
Havana, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo faces today a complex challenge, because if the Senate confirms him as next CIA director, he will have to lead an agency under harsh criticism of president elect Donald Trump, say experts.
Pompeo, nominated by Trump for that post, would face the complex task of cleaning the image of that espionage agency, in particular the denounces and evidence presented in the last two years about physical and psychological tortures used by the CIA on those suspects of terrorism after the actions of September 11, 2001.
It still echoes in U.S. public opinion and throughout the world, the report that led in December, 2014 to the Committee of Intelligence of the Senate on those activities which, for the most part took place during the administration of George W. Bush (2001-2009).
The 525-page document barely confirmed what the world already knew and was a summary of a secret study of 6770 pages which spoke the use of tortures by the CIA against alleged members of the extremist organization Al Qaeda detained in secret jails.
Despite several petitions of legislators and organizations defendeers of civil rights in the United States so that the White House puiblished the complete report, president Barack Obama decided last December 12 to keep it secret for 12 years with the argument that it has sensitive data of national security.
This text was the independent most detailed evaluiation done until this date on the efforts of the espionage agency to obtain information of those detained through illegal interrogations.
At the end of July, 2014, an internal investigation of the CIA admitted that several of its officials had hacked the computers of the Intelligence Committee of the Senate, while attendants of legislators prepared the report in question.
On the other hand, Pompeo, graduated from West Point Military Academy, would have to ponder the factibility of Trump's promise of strengthening U.S. nuclear power as well as the impact of this decision at global level, particularly the response
the rest of the nuclear powers would give.
This and other missions will result quite complex because Trump is accjstomed to ridiculize and criticize the CIA. The real estate tycoon even took an unprecedented decision of not receiving the daily intelligence reports because, in his opinion it is a loss of his valuable time, as specialist Mike Lillis says in an article published today in daily The Hill.
If he finally receives the confirmation of the Senate, Pompeo would assume the post in moments that news media quote the allegations of that espionage agency on a supposed interference of Russia in U.S. election process, something Moscow rejects and demands evidence to be presented.
Trump himself denied that possibility and described it as an attempt of the Democrats to justify the defeat of Hillary Clinton and at the same time questioned the seriousness of the reports that according to The Washington Post, the CIA emitted on that issue.
These are the same persons that assured Irak president Saddam Hussein had arms of mass destruction, daid the new Executive.
Despite admitting the possibility to open an investigation on the issue, Democrat and Republican legislators said over the last few days they had serious differences on the truthfulness of this supposed Russian interference, by pointing that the intelligence community did not produce a concrete evidence.
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