The CIA released a declassified December 2011 memo by Michael Morell, then the deputy director, about Gina Haspel’s involvement in the destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in 2005. President Trump has nominated Haspel, the current deputy director, to serve as CIA director.
No post-9/11 official government program was hotly debated, or as ultimately reviled, as the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The CIA's program engendered a robust moral, empirical and legal debate. Today, it still raises questions about congressional oversight, accountability, international law, and human rights at moments of supreme emergency. The military also struggled with coercive interrogation during the early years of overseas counterterrorism operations. And as it seeks to bring former CIA detainees to trial for war crimes, it continues to deal with the lasting consequences of the CIA's program.