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Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director
nytimes.com ^ | January 5, 2009 | Carl Hulse AND Mark Mazzetti

Posted on 01/05/2009 11:50:52 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods he decried as torture, Democratic officials said Monday.

Mr. Panetta has a reputation in Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget issues, but has little hands-on intelligence experience. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al Qaeda leaders around the globe, but one that has been buffeted since the Sept. 11 attacks by leadership changes and morale problems.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: agenda; america2point0; bhocabinet; bhocia; cia; clintonista; clintonspy; idiotalert; leonpanetta; nointelligence; obamatransitionfile; panetta; shadowgovernment; siciliancia; spygate; stalinisttactics; stuckonstupid
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1 posted on 01/05/2009 11:50:52 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Another name that certainly says “change” to me. </sarc>

What a joke. Just another of the Clinton era buffoons.

2 posted on 01/05/2009 11:52:56 AM PST by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Seriously? Possibly the dumbest appointment I’ve seen in my lifetime.....colossally stupid to name the former budget chief to head the most important organization in the fight against radical Islam.


3 posted on 01/05/2009 11:53:44 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m underwhelmed.


4 posted on 01/05/2009 11:54:37 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is change? More like stupid. Blind leading the blind.

We need to start thinking about suceding.


5 posted on 01/05/2009 11:56:33 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is not a joke.
Nope.

Transition official: Obama picks Leon Panetta as CIA director
http://www.sacbee.com/1095/story/1517633.html

and in a way, it is.

Party on.


6 posted on 01/05/2009 11:58:58 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

from wiki....

His positions included:

* Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on the Budget
* Chairman of the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Domestic Marketing, Consumer Relations, and Nutrition
* Chairman of the Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel and Police
* Chairman of the Task Force on Domestic Hunger created by the U.S. House Select Committee on Hunger
* Vice Chairman of the Caucus of Vietnam-Era Veterans in Congress
* Member of the President’s Commission on Foreign Language and International Studies.

LOL!!!!!!


7 posted on 01/05/2009 11:59:18 AM PST by RabidBartender
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One little, two little, three little Clintons, four little, five little, six little Clintons . . . .


8 posted on 01/05/2009 11:59:48 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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Who’s gonna ‘Save the Oceans’ if he gets this job?


9 posted on 01/05/2009 11:59:48 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Panetta! OMG!


10 posted on 01/05/2009 12:00:31 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

More hope and change.... YEAH!


11 posted on 01/05/2009 12:00:40 PM PST by jersey117
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To: NormsRevenge

So, who’s next? Lanny Davis for National Security Adviser? Or is there already a Clinton in that post?


12 posted on 01/05/2009 12:01:04 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Can’t wait until Al Franken gets the Chairmanship of the “Intelligence Committee”, too.....we can sleep soundly now......


13 posted on 01/05/2009 12:02:51 PM PST by traditional1 ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I doubt he’ll find much to do. Pretty much everything the CIA does is on a “need to know” basis. He doesn’t know anything, and it needs to stay that way.


14 posted on 01/05/2009 12:02:54 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only difference with a Clinton Administration would be Obama as Secretary of State.


15 posted on 01/05/2009 12:06:38 PM PST by AU72
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To: savedbygrace

I think this is the proof that Obama’s birth certificate is not kosher. Since he was elected, he has had to appoint Clintonista after Clintonista. Hillary and Bill might not have officially won the election, but it sure looks like they will be governing anyway. Only one thing could cause Obama to forfeit his administration to Billary like this and it must be whatever they have on him.


16 posted on 01/05/2009 12:06:44 PM PST by chickadee
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Leon friggin' Panetta??

Does this guy have any kind of experience in military or intelligence work at all?

17 posted on 01/05/2009 12:08:14 PM PST by jpl (Episode 44: A New Dope - coming soon to a country near you.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So exactly what does Leon Panetta know about global espionage, intelligence, and terrorism?

Nothing.

Therefore, we're screwed.

18 posted on 01/05/2009 12:08:21 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: RabidBartender

Very similar to Bush 41’s career prior to DCI job.
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Panetta’s prior to becoming DCI:

Member of the House of Representatives (1976-1993)
Dir, OMB (1993)
WH, COS: (1994-1997)

Bush 41’s prior to becoming DCI:
Member of the House of Representatives (1966-1970)
U.N. Amb (1971-1973)
Chrm, RNC (1973-1974)
China Envoy (1974-1975)


19 posted on 01/05/2009 12:09:30 PM PST by PurpleMan
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To: savedbygrace
Amazing, 3rd Term is a charm, I hear.. lol

Heck, Hill as SoS, Bill Obama's left,, uhh.. global advanceman

Yup. just amazing.



US president-elect Barack Obama has chosen former lawmaker and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta, pictured in 2006, to head the Central Intelligence Agency, US media reported Monday. (AFP/File/Mike Theiler)

20 posted on 01/05/2009 12:09:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wait til you see his military picks.

Panetta was picked to cut the budget; just like Carter and Clinton did.


21 posted on 01/05/2009 12:10:51 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in Feb09)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

man, this admin is going to be full of fail. this is AWESOME! maybe he wont last a term.


22 posted on 01/05/2009 12:10:55 PM PST by 09Patriot (I am a MILITANT Conservative, compassionate conservatism got us NOWHERE)
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To: NormsRevenge

Jimmy Carter is starting to look like “the good old days...”


23 posted on 01/05/2009 12:11:20 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RabidBartender

i notice no intelligence positions....good fit.


24 posted on 01/05/2009 12:11:44 PM PST by 09Patriot (I am a MILITANT Conservative, compassionate conservatism got us NOWHERE)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
FEELING SAFER YET?

And no, this photo is no hoax.

25 posted on 01/05/2009 12:14:53 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh, sh*t!


26 posted on 01/05/2009 12:15:17 PM PST by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: STARWISE

More change ;)


27 posted on 01/05/2009 12:15:30 PM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: jpl

Wonder how many documents he will give to Sandy to shred.


28 posted on 01/05/2009 12:15:47 PM PST by weegee (Obamunism, just another word for the policies of a NeoCom.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

change???? someone needs to tell obama what the word change means...another clintoon crony.lolol


29 posted on 01/05/2009 12:15:49 PM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: NormsRevenge

Who’s keeping track of all of Obama’s cabinet picks? How many has he made and how many of those are Clintonistas?


30 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:19 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: holdonnow; HonestConservative; sono; doug from upland; Bahbah; mware; rodguy911

Please tell me this is a joke.


31 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:19 PM PST by AliVeritas (Prayers for Israel.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

CIA will be re-tasked to hunt down anyone who loves America and eliminate them.


32 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:28 PM PST by Argus ("From my cold dead hand...")
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To: chickadee

Barry has to go back 28+ years go get a non-Clinton democrat with any gov’t experience.


33 posted on 01/05/2009 12:17:53 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, this is change, ay? OK.

This whole administration is going to be the biggest mess we’ve ever seen.

I have told many of my liberal friends this: “You don’t things can be worse than Mr. Bush in The White House for eight years? Hah! Give it six months and we’ll talk again.”


34 posted on 01/05/2009 12:18:00 PM PST by RexBeach
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if he will put agent lists on E-Bay? This could be fun with the entrenched lefties in the agency who had been doing no work and sucking down big payoffs.


35 posted on 01/05/2009 12:18:19 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

About as qualified to be CIA director as Caroline Yaknowyaknowyaknowyaknowyaknow Kennedy is for the NY senate seat.

You can’t make this sh*t up.


36 posted on 01/05/2009 12:18:57 PM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is not a good development. I suspect that other intelligence organizations are busy rolling up sensitive operatins and, basically, planning for the inevitable.


37 posted on 01/05/2009 12:19:25 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You all know that clinton is advising him on his people....Can we all say its payback time..lololol the clintons are running obamas presidency


38 posted on 01/05/2009 12:20:47 PM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: PurpleMan
And how does this pertain to Intelligence post 9/11? This is a political appointment period. We have a political hack doing a serious job post 9/11. This smacks of stupidity. We should have a hardcore CIA field operative with years of experience in charge, not the former President Clinton's former Chief of Staff. It was former President Clinton who for political reasons let bin Laden go. President Elect Obama is playing games with the Nation's security.
39 posted on 01/05/2009 12:21:37 PM PST by Chgogal (Don't look at me. You elected them, Comrade!)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Seriously? Possibly the dumbest appointment I’ve seen in my lifetime.....colossally stupid to name the former budget chief to head the most important organization in the fight against radical Islam.

You'd prefer Norm Mineta?

40 posted on 01/05/2009 12:22:36 PM PST by null and void (Amendment 28: Islam is not recognized as an establishment of religion in the United States.)
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To: savedbygrace

not sure, but off the top of my head, at least 3/4ths.. or so it seems..

The Dem party genepool has essentially evolved into a Clinton organism so this isn’t really a surprise to those who saw this pea and shell game for what it was... a game, bait and switch, where one side set the rules and the other side was too timid to raise heck over it... and the media was silent and complicit.

They have their friends across the aisle to thank for their “successes” to date.


41 posted on 01/05/2009 12:23:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Wyatt's Torch
Seriously? Possibly the dumbest appointment I’ve seen in my lifetime.....colossally stupid to name the former budget chief to head the most important organization in the fight against radical Islam.

You got that right. Obama is showing his total lack of leadership and what a glib piece of crap he is. Wonder what the 2/3 of Americans think of their super hero now? Wait until the rest of the trash is appointed. I will take hundreds of years, if we are still a Country, to recover what damage these sick lame nitwits will do to America.

42 posted on 01/05/2009 12:23:10 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Chgogal

0bama is simply paying political favors in exchange for national security.


43 posted on 01/05/2009 12:24:05 PM PST by ScottinVA (All I needed to know about islam I learned on 9-11.)
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To: jpl

Panetta has not a single shred of previous experience that would make him a good candidate for this position. His most most recent prediction was belonging to an anti-war group predicting defeat in Iraq, which was colossallly wrong.


44 posted on 01/05/2009 12:24:13 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Wyatt's Torch

This is an obscenity — this is not the time to stick some political hack in to be DCI.....

Rumor is that Obambi could not get any intel professional interested in the job, b/c who would want to be in that position during an Obambi admin. and have to deal with all of the Democrat b.s. and lack of support, etc.???


45 posted on 01/05/2009 12:25:50 PM PST by Enchante (Bernie Madoff Learned His Ponzi-Investment Strategy from our Social Security System!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Another sign of the Apocalypse!!


46 posted on 01/05/2009 12:26:45 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: PurpleMan

At least 41 had some dealings with other nations as an UN Ambassador.

And the China Envoy was the same as an ambassadorship, which the US did not have in China at the time.


47 posted on 01/05/2009 12:27:38 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: All
This makes as much sense as appointing Donna Shalala as Surgeon General.

We are so screwed.....everyday goes from bad to worse....

48 posted on 01/05/2009 12:27:47 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I have read many of Tom Clancy’s books and am now reading a good book by Oliver North.
But I have no military or intelligence experience.

Maybe I too, could be qualified to run the CIA???


49 posted on 01/05/2009 12:28:46 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I can't wait for January 20, 2013")
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To: KC_Conspirator

DON’T FORGET HIS WORK ON HOW GLOBAL WARMING IS DANGEROUS FOR OUR OCEANS!! This is his recent accomplishment!

One of the Joint Initiative’s top priorities is understanding and the link between the oceans and climate change and using that knowledge to improve ocean health. In Congressional testimony [8] and a white paper written in July 2007[17], the Joint Initiative made recommendations to Congress on the most effective ways to incorporate science, management and education on ocean health into a national plan on climate change. The Joint Initiative recommended strengthening and codifying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); establishing a National Climate Change Response Office to guide federal programs and budget policies related to climate change; and investing in scientific research and education on the connection between the oceans and climate change.


50 posted on 01/05/2009 12:29:19 PM PST by roses of sharon ("No socialist system can be established without a political police.", Churchill -1945)
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