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The CIA's history with "black sites" and enhanced interrogation

President George W. Bush speaks on the Global War On Terrorism in 2006.
President George W. Bush speaks on the Global War On Terrorism in 2006. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images

The nomination of Gina Haspel to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency has brought the CIA's history with enhanced interrogation back into the spotlight due to her history of running a CIA "black site" prison in Thailand.

Why it matters: While the Senate Select Intelligence Committee came to the conclusion in 2014 that the CIA's techniques weren't effective in obtaining information, the public remains divided on the issue with some considering the CIA’s techniques torture, while others saying they were necessary to extract vital information.