To protect the independence of the CIA, its leader must enjoy strong bipartisan support—and that can only come with a nominee who is not disqualified by her deep involvement with and support for torture.
Elisa Massimino is President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation’s leading human rights advocacy organizations. Massimino joined Human Rights First in 1991 and served as the organization’s Washington Director for more than a decade before being named chief executive in September 2008. She holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Massimino serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she teaches human rights advocacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
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