A week earlier, a woman had been placed in charge of the CIA’s clandestine service for the first time in the agency’s history. She is a veteran officer with broad support inside the agency. But she also helped run the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and signed off on the 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of prisoners being subjected to treatment critics have called torture...
... She “is highly experienced, smart and capable,” and giving her the job permanently “would be a home run from a diversity standpoint,” the former senior U.S. intelligence official said. “But she was also heavily involved in the interrogation program at the beginning and for the first couple of years.”
Other sources say she apparently ran one of the CIA’s external black sites.
You do get the depressing sense here that if she were a nonwhite woman – I presume this would have been specified along with her gender - then that might have just tip the scales in favour of the diversity argument: a double home run. But let’s brainstorm a little and attach the electrodes another way. Just think how inspiring this would be to all the other female torturers out there. Perhaps we shouldn't think of this as torture but as taking the necessary steps to break the notorious glass ceiling. Subject it to waterboarding, force it to adopt a stress position for 48 hours and menace it with large dogs. If that doesn't break it, nothing will.