Human rights advocates are expressing outrage on Tuesday after President Donald Trump nominated deputy director Gina Haspel—\u0022an actual torturer\u0022—to be the next CIA director despite her leading role in running an agency black site where detainees were systematically and gruesomely abused.Haspel is slated to replace current CIA director Mike Pompeo, who Trump has tapped to be the next Secretary of State now that Rex Tillerson has been fired.Gina Haspel was a central figure in one of the most illegal and shameful chapters in modern American history.https://t.co/zdqMnMHKGF— ACLU (@ACLU) March 13, 2018\u0022This appointment should be a warning to allies of the U.S. in the U.K., Europe, and around the world,\u0022 declared Maya Foa, director of the London-based Reprieve. \u0022Haspel was one of President Bush\u0026#039;s torturers-in-chief and she is simply not fit to hold an office that requires, at its very heart, a commitment to uphold the values of the Constitution. This is another example of Donald Trump\u0026#039;s backward-looking reliance on people and methods that have failed.\u0022Several critics pointed to a\u0026nbsp;profile published by the New Yorker last year—after Trump appointed her as deputy director—which detailed how, in the early 2000s, \u0022Haspel was a senior official overseeing a top-secret CIA program that subjected dozens of suspected terrorists to savage interrogations, which included depriving them of sleep, squeezing them into coffins, and forcing water down their throats.\u0022Another mind-boggling paragraph from this Dexter Filkins post from last year on the new CIA director. If Obama had allowed prosecutions over CIA torture, \u0022people like Haspel, quite plausibly, could have gone to prison.\u0022 Instead, she\u0026#039;s going to run the CIA.\u0026nbsp;https://t.co/MKDRJGf2hk\u0026nbsp;pic.twitter.com/2avwLewIe3— Josh Nathan-Kazis (@joshnathankazis)\u0026nbsp;March 13, 2018Haspel, the\u0026nbsp;New York Times\u0026nbsp;reports,\u0026nbsp;\u0022played a direct role in the CIA\u0026#039;s \u0026#039;extraordinary rendition program,\u0026#039; under which captured militants were handed to foreign governments and held at secret facilities, where they were tortured by agency personnel.\u0022A few things about Gina Haspel:- We were wrong: She didn\u0026#39;t oversee torture of Abu Zubaydah.- She did oversee CIA dark prison, and torture of another detainee. - She was involved in destroying tapes of torture.https://t.co/j0Hpl6czDr pic.twitter.com/8qMll9wx14\u0026mdash; Eric Umansky (@ericuman) March 16, 2018\r\nHaspel also reportedly played a role in the destruction of video evidence that depicted U.S. agents torturing detainees at the CIA\u0026#039;s secret prisons. In 2005, as the Times notes, \u0022Haspel was serving at CIA headquarters, and it was her name that was on the cable carrying the destruction orders.\u0022The new CIA director was a key part of the torture program and its illegal cover-up. Her name was on the Top Secret order demanding the destruction of tapes to prevent them being seen by Congress. Incredible. https://t.co/HjVHCPCbpo https://t.co/VamIGa1A8w— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 13, 2018\u0022The concealment\u0026nbsp;of those interrogation tapes, which violated multiple\u0026nbsp;court orders as well as the demands of the 9/11 commission and the advice of White House lawyers, was condemned\u0026nbsp;as \u0026#039;obstruction\u0026#039; by commission chairs Lee Hamilton and Thomas Keane,\u0022 Glenn Greenwald pointed out at The Intercept. \u0022A special prosecutor and grand jury investigated those actions\u0026nbsp;but ultimately chose not to prosecute.\u0022Greenwald did not express surprise at Haspel\u0026#039;s appointment, instead asserting that \u0022this isn\u0026#039;t a radical departure for CIA,\u0022 considering the agency\u0026#039;s pro-torture history.This isn\u0026#39;t a radical departure for CIA. After all, Haspel did this under George Tenet. At the time, John Brennan - who became Obama\u0026#39;s CIA director - was an advocate of rendition \u0026amp; other torture methods. And Pompeo was fine with black sites. Still notable: she\u0026#39;s an actual torturer\u0026mdash; Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 13, 2018\r\nSome critics who weighed in on the appointment noted that last year, the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a legal intervention with German authorities, hoping to obtain an arrest warrant for Haspel, based on her role in facilitating and attempting to conceal torture at CIA black sites.On new #CIA director Gina #Haspel: In 2017 @ECCHRBerlin called on Germany\u0026#039;s Public Prosecutor to issue arrest warrant against Haspel bc she oversaw #torture https://t.co/Q99fsAWHnb; She\u0026#039;d fall within #ICC Afghanistan-plus investigation of US #CIA torture https://t.co/RB0KJnmk4b— Katherine Gallagher (@katherga1) March 13, 2018Trump\u0026#039;s nominee Haspel should not be confirmed as #CIA director, she should be investigated and prosecuted -- thankfully @ECCHRBerlin are pursuing this #torture https://t.co/rbymiIJFoM— Alex Moorehead (@apmoorehead) March 13, 2018The president, meanwhile, expressed excitement over his nomination of Haspel.\u0022Gina, by the way, who I know very well, who I\u0026#039;ve worked very closely with, will be the first woman director of the CIA,\u0022 Trump said Tuesday. \u0022She\u0026#039;s an outstanding person.\u0022To officially take over the agency, Haspel will need to undergo a confirmation hearing with the U.S. Senate, where she\u0026#039;ll likely face some tough questions. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who was critical of Haspel\u0026#039;s appointment as deputy director, released a statement opposing her new appointment on Tuesday:Wyden out with a statement on Haspel’s nomination. pic.twitter.com/6YRZEEzis6— Joshua Eaton (@joshua_eaton) March 13, 2018Update: This story has been updated following ProPublica\u0026#039;s retraction of details about the torture of detainee Abu Zubaydah from a 2017 report.