Skip to comments.Inside Story of Leon Panetta's Tirade Over CIA Probe
Posted on 08/27/2009 2:02:35 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Impact" segment tonight: controversy still raging over Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged CIA abuses in the interrogations of about a dozen terror suspects. ABC News is reporting that CIA chief Leon Panetta confronted some high-level White House people and even used obscenities in the heated discussion. Joining us now from ABC News headquarters in New York, the chief investigative reporter for that outfit, Brian Ross.
So we're hearing it was Rahm Emanuel that Leon Panetta went toe to toe with. Is that what you're hearing?
BRIAN ROSS, ABC NEWS: I heard the same thing, Bill. They won't confirm that. But people at the CIA said that it's not unusual to have a profanity-laced screaming match at the White House...
O'REILLY: Is that right?
ROSS: ...with certain key officials, and
O'REILLY: Wouldn't you like to see that? You know, not unusual to have obscenities? Well, with Rahm Emanuel it's not unusual because he just curses all day long, but Leon Panetta is a very nice, quiet, civilized guy. I've done three lectures for Leon out in his Monterey, California, think tank. You couldn't get a more mild-mannered guy than Leon Panetta.
ROSS: Although they say he does use salty language, but he's a real gentleman, and a real...
ROSS: ...he's very adept at the Washington game of power, and he has run into frustrations in his job up against people in the White House.
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We knew it was Rahm.
Any updated news on who the WH has in mind to replace Panetta?
They are trying for Hugo Chavez -- but he would have to take a leave of absence in Venezuela.
My money is on someone named “Himmler”.
The biggest liberal victim of all times... Valerie Plame?
Joseph Wilson IV?
Typical leftwing moon bat liberal behavior. Panetta must have been "real impressed" with the idiots Obama has working in the whitehouse. It must be a zoo.
I can just imagine the pizza and chicken boxes all over the place, and "stuff" trampled into the carpets in Obama and his Moonbats offices; like they are still living in their mothers basements...
I have a good imagination, yes, but I'm not so sure I'm going to that much of an extreme in this case.
Does Bill Ayers have an open schedule?
It struck me as really odd that ABC would let it’s reporter go on and be interviewed by cable a news (FNC) show.
If one of the traditional networks was smart, they’d build an alliance with Fox and reduce their own news-gathering costs.
I thought Bill Ayers et al were looking to kill 25 million in a commie rampage. Good luck with all that billie boy against millions of armed patriots.
YO, Leon... I never did like you, but one word of warning ... STAY AWAY FROM FT. MARCY PARK!!
He won’t trash talk and spill the beans. He will just resign quietly if they keep it up.
I already noticed odd press on how second hand smoke was used to interrogate. Panetta does not want to release it all because it is WRONG. It jeopardizes our country. And I believe Panetta realizes it is partisan politics.
Madeline notbright just called the Lockerbie murders a terrible accident so she fits right in with this corrupt administration
I wondered the same exact thing. What the hell was an ABC reporter doing reporting to Fox? Nobody would have seen this if it was only on ABC. I am not sure but I think the ABC reporter is old school? AKA reports the facts in journalism, maybe?
A year ago it would have been hard to imagin cheering for Panetta.
I hope Panetta leaks everything he can, within the law, concerning this WHs way of doing business.
I hope Panetta gets some deep undercovers to grab certain spys (ACLU), government officials and muslim sympathizers, bring them into a dark alley ande beat the living $hit out of them before he leaves his post. It can be done, you know!
IIRC, he has been on BOR before.
Yeah it is frightening when a Clintonesta looks far right of the leftist loons in there now.
I just sent the following to Leon Panetta:
I have always thought of you as just a party hack, harking back to your days as a CA Representative up through yours days in the White House. Post WH, you seemed a little more mellow but, to be sure, that was a low bar to hurdle. Your appointment as Director of CIA was appalling to me but not surprising given the low quality of the Kenyan Poseur’s over-all appointments, especially the non-vetted, non-Senate-approved political whores, called Czars and Czarinas, with whom he has surrounded himself. I, like everyone else, heard of your so-called outrage at the proposed investigation by AG Holder, nee Marc Rich’s WH advocate. I will consider it only more Democrat theatre until you resign publicly and denounce the public gelding of the CIA, a once respected agency on the front lines of the US defence. Now, our [phu]king spies need lawyers and not brains and balls. What the hell, you can be the Democrats’ Elliott Richardson.
‘m no Leon Panetta fan but he’s one of the only voices of sanity in this administration. So he went toe to toe with scum Rham. I’m not surprised..... UMMM,... I wonder. Is this a ploy to say, “Well our Moderate side TRIED?”
Great. Sounds like a classy place.
I miss George W. Bush.
My money is on Beria.
I am still waiting on someone to tell what went on in the TARP meeting with Bush, McCain and DumBO before the election.
Think this will make the MSM news? It deserves its own thread,someone post it.
I think phucking is how the CIA people spell it and say it.
They’ve cloned Joseph Stalin and he is waiting in the wings.
August 25th, 2009 4:59 AM
from Kevin Zeese
Washington, DC: Today, Kevin Zeese, an attorney who filed complaints seeking the disbarment of 15 Bush-Cheney torture lawyers, pointed to Leon Panettas statement on the Inspector Generals CIA report as indication that a broad torture investigation is needed.
Panetta claimed that The Agency sought and received multiple written assurances that its methods were lawful in a letter to CIA employees that was shared with the media. This attempt to protect CIA interrogators involved with torture with a false legal shield of the Department of Justice indicates that Attorney General Holder must appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate the torture program, not just individual cases, said Kevin Zeese, executive director of VotersForPeace.US.
The DOJ is implicated in the torture program because of the memoranda produced by the agency and cannot credibly investigate itself. If the memoranda are not shown to be parts of an illegal effort to facilitate torture than those investigated will have a defense against the war crime of torture. Further, the real culprits, the policy makers who created the policy and directed agents to use torture techniques need to be held accountable. If Attorney General Holder wants to cleanse the reputation of the Department of Justice and the U.S. government he needs to follow the law. The Convention Against Torture requires him to investigate all involved in the program. Such an investigation is not discretionary. said Zeese.
Zeese sent a letter to the attorney general on August 10th 2009, on behalf of 150 organizations seeking an independent special prosecutor which concluded:
You can restore our moral high ground and the Department of Justices reputation as an agency that follows the law by appointing a special prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, with the very clear mandate investigate the facts and apply the rule of law wherever it leads as required by the Convention Against Torture.
For more information visit www.DisbarTortureLawyers.com a project spearheaded by Velvet Revolution and www.VotersForPeace.US.
See, Groups Call on Attorney General Holder to Appoint Independent Special Prosecutor to Investigate Torture, http://votersforpeace.us/press/index.php?itemid=2457.
I think the perfect replacemet for Panetta for Head of CIA from this administration ............. Janet Reno!
That right there was funny.
You're not cleared to know how they spell it.
Tell me more about what you think they say.
(please face the flowerpot when you're talking)
My favorite line from that interview was when Ross said, “I don’t know if I could withstand the pressure from the most powerful news organization in the country.”
LOL out loud.
BOR has Stossel and this guy on from ABC. I think Ross was a good reporter when young, IIRC, and got better assignements despite not being a Ken doll. May have worked with OR at some point.
Well, with Rahm Emanuel it's not unusual because he just curses all day long, but Leon Panetta is a very nice, quiet, civilized guy. I've done three lectures for Leon out in his Monterey, California, think tank. You couldn't get a more mild-mannered guy than Leon Panetta.
They'll wait a "decent interval", but meanwhile appoint an intelligence czar, who will have the real power. After that? Maybe Bill Ayers, or at least another of his protegees.
According to FOX, it sounds like they are replacing the entire CIA.
And that was back when the population was a lot less than today. Today, as a percentage, that number would be more like 75,000,000.
It tells you just how sick this administration is when Panetta is considered a good guy.
I don't. If he hadn't been such a sorry POTUS, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. He got us THE ONE.
Did BOR say to quit picking on Obama, that the press isn’t giving him the benefit of the doubt? If not, Laura Ingram must have been subbing that night because BOR still has his nose up Hussein’s fanny, deeper than an offshore Brazilian well.
Well, in that case, here are the replacements:
No, BOR did not take Obama’s side.
Yeah you’re right that needed it’s own comment it was a riot.
I’m sure it will in some respect.