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Inside Story of Leon Panetta's Tirade Over CIA Probe
foxnews.com The O'Reilly Factor ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2009 | foxnews.com The O'Reilly Factor

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...

O'REILLY: Yes.

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhocia; cia; ciaprobe; elitistgasbag; loofahman; obamatruthfiles; panetta; panettaresigning; resignation
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1 posted on 08/27/2009 2:02:36 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: All

We knew it was Rahm.

Any updated news on who the WH has in mind to replace Panetta?


2 posted on 08/27/2009 2:03:57 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I hope Panetta leaks everything he can, within the law, concerning this WH’s way of doing business.
3 posted on 08/27/2009 2:08:50 PM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
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.

4 posted on 08/27/2009 2:09:33 PM PDT by San Jacinto (/i)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

My money is on someone named “Himmler”.


5 posted on 08/27/2009 2:09:33 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Any updated news on who the WH has in mind to replace Panetta?

The biggest liberal victim of all times... Valerie Plame?

6 posted on 08/27/2009 2:09:44 PM PDT by John123 (My Definition of Liberals - Folks who validates their existence by calling someone a racist.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Noam Chomsky is too old. Frank Church is dead.

Joseph Wilson IV?

7 posted on 08/27/2009 2:10:14 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
"Well, with Rahm Emanuel it's not unusual because he just curses all day long, "

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.

8 posted on 08/27/2009 2:10:25 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Does Bill Ayers have an open schedule?


9 posted on 08/27/2009 2:11:34 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
The Dems won't be happy till they've killed a couple of million of us.

I'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. This administration is scum. There's no other way to put it.
10 posted on 08/27/2009 2:13:06 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

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.


11 posted on 08/27/2009 2:13:45 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: truthguy
The Dems won't be happy till they've killed a couple of million of us.

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.

12 posted on 08/27/2009 2:18:02 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

YO, Leon... I never did like you, but one word of warning ... STAY AWAY FROM FT. MARCY PARK!!


13 posted on 08/27/2009 2:19:14 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: moose2004

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.


14 posted on 08/27/2009 2:22:17 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: San Jacinto

Madeline notbright just called the Lockerbie murders a terrible accident so she fits right in with this corrupt administration


15 posted on 08/27/2009 2:24:26 PM PDT by italianquaker (“Every inch of this Administration is rife with corruption and cronyism.” --- Michelle Malkin)
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To: bigbob

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?


16 posted on 08/27/2009 2:24:39 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I would hope that Mr. Panetta does not quit but makes the WH fire him.

A year ago it would have been hard to imagin cheering for Panetta.

17 posted on 08/27/2009 2:25:25 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: moose2004

I hope Panetta leaks everything he can, within the law, concerning this WH’s 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!


18 posted on 08/27/2009 2:26:16 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I believe Panetta realizes the inmates are now running the asylum and he wants no part of the extreme left. Panetta is a Democrat more in the mold of Bill Clinton. Maybe even more centrist.
19 posted on 08/27/2009 2:27:20 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

IIRC, he has been on BOR before.


20 posted on 08/27/2009 2:28:07 PM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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To: arthurus

Yeah it is frightening when a Clintonesta looks far right of the leftist loons in there now.


21 posted on 08/27/2009 2:28:14 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

I just sent the following to Leon Panetta:

Director 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.


22 posted on 08/27/2009 2:28:53 PM PDT by MarkT
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To: truthguy

‘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?”


23 posted on 08/27/2009 2:29:15 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
But people at the CIA said that it's not unusual to have a profanity-laced screaming match at the White House...

Great. Sounds like a classy place.
I miss George W. Bush.

24 posted on 08/27/2009 2:29:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lurker

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.


25 posted on 08/27/2009 2:31:03 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (Idiotcracy has arrived 400 years early.)
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To: PghBaldy
Thanks, I was not aware of that.

Think this will make the MSM news? It deserves its own thread,someone post it.

CIA morale hits new low due to Obama Administration threats

26 posted on 08/27/2009 2:36:42 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: MarkT

I think phucking is how the CIA people spell it and say it.


27 posted on 08/27/2009 2:37:52 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: San Jacinto

They’ve cloned Joseph Stalin and he is waiting in the wings.


28 posted on 08/27/2009 2:40:50 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

‘replace Panetta?’

Ward Churchill?


29 posted on 08/27/2009 2:43:17 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Ben Mugged
Panetta Mailing to CIA Employees and Media Demonstrates Need for Broad Investigation, Not Enough Just to Go After Low-Level Interrogators

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 Panetta’s statement on the Inspector General’s 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 Justice’s 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.

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2009/08/25/panetta-mailing-to-cia-employees-and-med

30 posted on 08/27/2009 2:43:37 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: San Jacinto

I think the perfect replacemet for Panetta for Head of CIA from this administration ............. Janet Reno!


31 posted on 08/27/2009 2:46:29 PM PDT by JohnEBoy
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To: MarkT

That right there was funny.


32 posted on 08/27/2009 2:49:48 PM PDT by Buckhead
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I think phucking is how the CIA people spell it and say it.

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)

33 posted on 08/27/2009 2:52:35 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I don't understand your response. Are you implying that Kevin Zeese was correct in his interpretation of Leon's letter? A leap in logic that I cannot support.
34 posted on 08/27/2009 2:53:12 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

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.


35 posted on 08/27/2009 3:15:40 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: PghBaldy

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.


36 posted on 08/27/2009 3:19:53 PM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
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.

37 posted on 08/27/2009 3:48:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Any updated news on who the WH has in mind to replace Panetta?


38 posted on 08/27/2009 3:54:48 PM PDT by John Titor
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Any updated news on who the WH has in mind to replace 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.

39 posted on 08/27/2009 3:58:00 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: John Titor

According to FOX, it sounds like they are replacing the entire CIA.


40 posted on 08/27/2009 4:00:08 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: HerrBlucher
thought Bill Ayers et al were looking to kill 25 million in a commie rampage. .

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.

41 posted on 08/27/2009 4:02:36 PM PDT by Red Boots
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To: arthurus

It tells you just how sick this administration is when Panetta is considered a good guy.


42 posted on 08/27/2009 4:26:32 PM PDT by publana (Obama, you will not intimidate me into not voicing my opinions.)
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To: Lancey Howard
I miss George W. Bush.

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.

43 posted on 08/27/2009 4:30:11 PM PDT by publana (Obama, you will not intimidate me into not voicing my opinions.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

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.


44 posted on 08/27/2009 4:33:00 PM PDT by ExiledChicagoan (I see a red door and I want it painted black. But that's just me.)
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To: Toespi
According to FOX, it sounds like they are replacing the entire CIA.

Well, in that case, here are the replacements:


45 posted on 08/27/2009 6:31:03 PM PDT by John Titor
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To: ExiledChicagoan

No, BOR did not take Obama’s side.


46 posted on 08/28/2009 4:27:40 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: savedbygrace

Yeah you’re right that needed it’s own comment it was a riot.


47 posted on 08/28/2009 4:29:05 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

http://westernexperience.wordpress.com/2009/08/24/prosecutor-appointed-by-eric-holder-to-investigate-cia-panetta-reportedly-pissed/


48 posted on 08/28/2009 5:46:59 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama, the first ever 3 in a half year, lame duck TOTUS)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

I’m sure it will in some respect.


49 posted on 08/28/2009 6:54:54 AM PDT by PghBaldy (http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/06/president-obama-visits-wounded-troops.html)
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