In a saner country, someone like Gina Haspel would be in prison. Haspel personally supervised the waterboarding and torture of several suspects at CIA “black sites” in the Third World during the Bush Administration during its vicious torture program that followed the 9/11 attacks. Several of these waterboarding sessions were videotaped. However, she also ordered the video evidence destroyed. So she isn’t only a torturer, she violates the law in other important respects. However, in February 2009 President Obama traveled to CIA headquarters in Langley Virginia to assure agents like her that they would not face any kind of prosecution because the United States needed to “look forward, not backward” relative to torture under the Bush administration. She managed to rise to the number two position at the CIA, and now that the current CIAdirector Mike Pompeo is being transferred up to Secretary of State to replace Rex Tillerson, she will become the first woman, and the first known torturer, to run a federal agency. It’s true the Democrats might decide not to confirm her. But history suggests that they will be satisfied with asking a few pointed questions during her confirmation hearings and then signing off on her.