Stephen Rickard

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Stephen Rickard is Executive Director of the Open Society Policy Center. Before joining Open Society, Rickard created and ran the Freedom Investment Project and served as director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and as Washington director for Amnesty International USA. He served as the senior advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs during the Clinton administration. He also worked for Senator Moynihan and the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate. In 2011, he was a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In the 1980s, Rickard worked as a litigator with White & Case in New York, Stockholm, and Washington, D.C. He received his JD from Yale Law School, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA from Adrian College.

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Why We Don’t Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director: A Response to Benjamin Wittes

In his Tuesday post in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA, Benjamin Wittes wrote about “the insulation that Haspel stands to provide for the agency from a president hostile to the task of intelligence gathering and analysis.” For this and other reasons, Wittes argued, Haspel should be confirmed—even though President Trump has linked her nomination to his “enthusiasm for torture.” He also wrote that “barring revelations about her role” in running a Thailand “black site” at which d