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White House aims to calm intelligence agencies': report
AFP ^ | 12-29-09

Posted on 12/29/2009 3:58:56 PM PST by truthandlife

The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency's direct authority over secret missions abroad, but also reminds the agency to work closely with Blair, who heads the US intelligence establishment, a US intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

According to the LA Times, Blair was seeking more control over missions that include drone strikes and paramilitary operations in Pakistan.

Blair and Panetta have also clashed over the last month over the role of the CIA in Afghanistan, which Blair reportedly believes is too focused on the hunt for Taliban insurgents and is de-emphasizing the collection of intelligence at the local level.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano did not confirm the existence of the memo, but said that Panetta "views the National Security Adviser's decision as bringing much-needed clarity to intelligence roles and responsibilities."

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I didn't know why this story went out but I think we know why now:

Fox News: CIA Tracked Plane Bomber Since August

1 posted on 12/29/2009 3:58:58 PM PST by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 12/29/2009 4:04:35 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: truthandlife
Fox News: CIA Tracked Plane Bomber Since August

The attack failed but so did CIA. President Obama owes it to America to accept Leon Panetta's resignation, immediately.

3 posted on 12/29/2009 4:04:49 PM PST by Rapscallion (They really did pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. How now?)
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To: Rapscallion

Zero should submit his resignation as well.


4 posted on 12/29/2009 4:07:24 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: Rapscallion

The evidence here is the CIA was on the case and apparently ignored


5 posted on 12/29/2009 4:12:53 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

“Zero should submit his resignation as well.”

First things first


6 posted on 12/29/2009 4:18:59 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

There's only one problem with Zero resigning and it's a big one.

7 posted on 12/29/2009 4:25:05 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

.....then we get Joe Biden


8 posted on 12/29/2009 4:28:30 PM PST by cblue55
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To: rdl6989
Yep.

President Biden.

That's scary.

9 posted on 12/29/2009 5:13:07 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

OMG president plugs?

Oy! but I think he’d not fare well in a bid re-election.


10 posted on 12/29/2009 5:33:02 PM PST by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: rdl6989
That's OK. He can name Sarah Palin as his VP and then immediately resign, himself, as well.

No sarc.

Cheers!

11 posted on 12/29/2009 5:39:35 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: rdl6989

So what would the advantage be of Biden being Prez? Instead of a Commie we would have a drunken used car salesman.


12 posted on 12/29/2009 5:39:41 PM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: bert
The evidence here is the CIA was on the case and apparently ignored

Looks like obama is adopting the Clinton/CIA relationship.

Don't bother with them.

13 posted on 12/29/2009 5:52:53 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: onyx

FYI


14 posted on 12/29/2009 6:07:45 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

I saw this earlier, didn’t read the entire article and then forgot about. Has a lot more meaning now, doesn’t it? Thank you for the ping.


15 posted on 12/29/2009 6:12:25 PM PST by onyx
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To: hennie pennie

As scary as Biden is, there is something even more scary than that...

Pelosi is third in line should Biden resign.


16 posted on 12/29/2009 6:16:58 PM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: rdl6989

At least Biden is a natural-born U.S. citizen


17 posted on 12/29/2009 6:37:18 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (10 YEARS OF FREEPING! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY EEE!!!)
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To: Soothesayer9
So what would the advantage be of Biden being Prez? Instead of a Commie we would have a drunken used car salesman.

I'd be sleeping much better at night with Biden/Hillary in the Oval Office. (I can't believe it has come to this... Me, approving of Biden or Clinton II)

18 posted on 12/29/2009 9:26:43 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: AFPhys
Gonna give me nightmares on that one, can't even begin to imagine President Pelosi --- however, maybe Hillary will take care of her, as she certainly didn't help Hillary in her campaign for the presidency, hey???

LOL

19 posted on 12/30/2009 7:34:47 AM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie
You really want nightmares, I'll give you nightmares! Here is the current order of succession - I hate to say it but the first person I might even consider not prima facie dangerous is Hillary... and we have to go through her another two to get to Gates... who is the closest to "acceptable" in the top ten...

Here is the current list of "succession" ---

 0. President                              Obama 
 1. Vice President of the United States    Biden
 2. Speaker of the House                   Pelosi
 3. President pro Tempore of the Senate    Sen.Byrd
 4. Secretary of State                     Hillary Clinton
 5. Secretary of the Treasury              Timothy Geithner
 6. Secretary of Defense                   Robert Gates
 7. Attorney General                       Eric Holder
 8. Secretary of the Interior              Kenneth Salazar
 9. Secretary of Agriculture               Thomas Vilsack
10. Secretary of Commerce                  Gary Locke
11. Secretary of Labor                     Hilda Solis
12. Secretary of Health & Human Services   Kathleen Sebelius


20 posted on 12/30/2009 11:59:08 PM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: AFPhys

Thanks. Nightmares again.

I am headed to bed.

Happy New Year!

JJ


21 posted on 12/31/2009 12:03:28 AM PST by Jet Jaguar (Anybody see a National Security Strategy?)
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