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CIA chief nixed plan to kill Al-Qaeda targets: report (Thanks, (D)Leon Panetta!)
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/09 | AFP

Posted on 07/13/2009 8:59:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Central Intelligence Agency had a secret plan to capture or kill Al-Qaeda operatives but it was terminated by new CIA Director Leon Panetta, The Wall Street Journal said late Sunday.

Citing unnamed former intelligence officials familiar with the matter, the newspaper said the precise nature of the highly classified effort remained unclear, and the CIA would not comment on its substance.

According to current and former government officials, the agency spent money on planning and possibly some training of its operatives for the mission, the report said.

It was acting on a 2001 presidential legal finding, which authorized the CIA to pursue such efforts. But the initiative had not become fully operational at the time Panetta ended it.

Citing three unnamed former intelligence officials, The Journal said that in 2001, the CIA also examined the subject of targeted assassinations of Al-Qaeda leaders. But those discussions tapered off within six months.

Neither Panetta nor members of Congress provided details, said the Journal, adding that he quashed the CIA effort after learning about it on June 23.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; alqaeda; bhocia; bhogwot; bushlegacy; cheney; cia; gwot; nixed; panetta
much mildew over nothing.. typical Dem smokescreen tactic..
1 posted on 07/13/2009 8:59:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Leon Panetta in Manila on July 12. The US Central Intelligence Agency had a secret plan to capture or kill Al-Qaeda operatives but it was terminated by Panetta, The Wall Street Journal reported. (AFP/Jay Directo)


2 posted on 07/13/2009 9:01:04 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

The least that Osama could do for Obama is make up one of those cute thank you videos.


3 posted on 07/13/2009 9:03:01 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: NormsRevenge

“CIA chief nixed plan to kill Al-Qaeda targets: report (Thanks, (D)Leon Panetta!)”

The Socialists would prefer arrests made and don’t forget the Miranda rights!


4 posted on 07/13/2009 9:03:07 AM PDT by Grunthor (Does a crowded elevator smell different to midgets?)
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To: NormsRevenge

And what are our Predators doing in Pakistan? Photo ops?
Have we given up on finding Osama?


5 posted on 07/13/2009 9:03:14 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: NormsRevenge

The Obama Apology for this program is due in 3...2...1...


6 posted on 07/13/2009 9:04:35 AM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: NormsRevenge

So much for our “WAR ON TERROR!” I’m just glad there are no more bad guys in the world. They are all now our friends.


7 posted on 07/13/2009 9:04:54 AM PDT by Tucson Jim
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To: NormsRevenge

he looks like he is ready to sing the song “Chepopie” or wathever it was in the Music Man song by Buddy Hackett.


8 posted on 07/13/2009 9:06:01 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: NormsRevenge

So much for our “WAR ON TERROR!” I’m just glad there are no more bad guys in the world. They are all now our friends.


9 posted on 07/13/2009 9:07:32 AM PDT by Tucson Jim
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To: NormsRevenge

Terror on the rebound. Another 0bama achievement.


10 posted on 07/13/2009 9:08:23 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Fili et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: NormsRevenge

After nearly 8 years my memory has faded, but didn’t President Bush or VP Cheney give a speech which stated that parts of this war will be fought by conventional forces on the battlefields but other parts will be fought secretly in back alleys (which I interpreted to mean covert, targeted killing of enemy operatives). On the other hand I might be misremembering some columnists article from 2001 as part of a Presidential speech.


11 posted on 07/13/2009 9:09:39 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Attaboy — way to go, Leon old buddy, that’s the way you dimmocraps like to end wars — lose, and let the enemy butchers live happily ever after.


12 posted on 07/13/2009 9:11:55 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: Oldexpat

Breaking News!

Obama and CIA have secret plan to not capture or kill
Al-Qaeda targets in Afganistan, and to let them resume their
Terrorism in peace.


13 posted on 07/13/2009 9:12:35 AM PDT by gigster
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To: Grunthor

> The Socialists would prefer arrests made and don’t forget the Miranda rights!
The socialists will read them they Kumbayyah rights.


14 posted on 07/13/2009 9:13:20 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama = Trickle Up Poverty)
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To: NormsRevenge

Didn’t Panetta recently slander Cheney by saying Cheney was hoping for another terrorist attack? Wasn’t the uproar created by the smear responsible for Panetta changing his charge? So let’s see, hmmm, Panetta halts a program to eliminate the Al Quaeda chiefs. Is that so they wouldn’t want to attack us? Or is it because Panetta wants to see another terrorist attack, so the libs could respond to it? Didn’t Obama-lama-dingdong want all the troops home by a year ago March? Didn’t he do a 180 and send in more? What a bunch of hypocrites.


15 posted on 07/13/2009 9:16:16 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: NormsRevenge

Terrorists all over the world can sleep comfortably now.


16 posted on 07/13/2009 9:16:26 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess Pannetta and the Donks have given up in the war against the Al Qaeda terrorists.


17 posted on 07/13/2009 9:17:22 AM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess Pannetta and the Donks have given up in the war against the Al Qaeda terrorists.


18 posted on 07/13/2009 9:17:32 AM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire at the moonbat loonery.)
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To: ArtyFO

I don’t think it’s that simple. I really believe that the dims/obacrats are setting the table for another terrortist attack. The current crop running the dim party hate the Constitution and would need a chaotic situation like another attack to change our whole way of life. I think they are just waiting for the right opportunity. And with the repubs and the media doing nothing to stop them, this is a serious possiblilty. Possible yes, but also probable.


19 posted on 07/13/2009 9:21:33 AM PDT by Texas resident ( Cut n Shoot Texas: Mayberry for rednecks)
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To: NormsRevenge
But the initiative had not become fully operational at the time Panetta ended it.

Disturbing on two levels. That it wasn't fully operational after all this time, and the Democrats have ended it.

But I actually don't believe it. Our Predators have been picking them off one by one; that tells me we've got a pretty good operation underway, or at least, we have had.

I suppose whats most disturbing is that we've been at war for 8 years now and the Democrats in congress have the nerve to swear that they didn't know we were trying to kill AQ leaders. Its bad enough that they swear they didn't know anything about CIA interrogations, although they were told again and again. Now they want us to believe that they didn't know we were trying to kill the enemy.

20 posted on 07/13/2009 9:25:03 AM PDT by marron
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To: NormsRevenge

So, is Obama going to apologize to Al Qaeda? Or just their sponsors?


21 posted on 07/13/2009 9:25:46 AM PDT by marron
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To: marron

But killing them will only help recruit new members. Wait a second, THAT MAKES NO SENSE!


22 posted on 07/13/2009 9:26:43 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sheesh...an Italian Buddy Hackett.


23 posted on 07/13/2009 9:27:21 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: NormsRevenge

Those poor Al Quaeda operatives. Imagine being targeted just because you adhere to a death cult with the promise of 72 virgins as your reward for killing, murdering and or beheading infidels. Leon should also apologize for putting that pesky World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the way of Al Quaeda’s hijacked passenger planes. /s

But seriously, can any of you even imagine this kind of appeasment coming from the left or right back in ‘02, 03 or ‘04?

9-11-01 NEVER FORGET!


24 posted on 07/13/2009 9:30:41 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: KarlInOhio

It was pretty much an open secret that Bush gave the order to kill terrorists using covert methods. Among other things, there were numerous news stories about Predator attacks on cars and houses containing terrorists. And it was understood that other means, less talked about, were being used as well.

Now the rules have changed, because the terrorists are Obama’s pals.


25 posted on 07/13/2009 9:31:21 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: JohnLongIsland

“The least that Osama could do for Obama is make up one of those cute thank you videos.”

zer0 and osama are probably BFFs exchanging daily tweets by now.


26 posted on 07/13/2009 9:32:00 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Liberty Valance

“9-11-01 NEVER FORGET!”

Unfortunately, too many “Americans” have. Only a repeat will re-focus their Kool-aid - addled minds.


27 posted on 07/13/2009 9:33:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: marron
Now they want us to believe that they didn't know we were trying to kill the enemy.

Maybe it really is news to the Jackass Party that killing the enemy is what war is supposed to be all about -- killing people and breaking things.

28 posted on 07/13/2009 9:33:24 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20
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To: ArtyFO

Arty! You didn’t spell his name right. It’s;
Piñata


29 posted on 07/13/2009 9:34:40 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: NormsRevenge
I just read that congress initially suggested the plan that they are now blaiming on the CIA. Makes little difference though. The big Eric Holder plan is to get Bush and Chaney investigated for something. Just like Scooter Libby.
30 posted on 07/13/2009 9:35:02 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: NormsRevenge
Julian Epstein was on FOX defending all things Democrat (natch), and he managed to slip into the conversation that the "secret" nixed plan was for the CIA to exterminate "World leaders". He quickly mentioned that it "couldn't be verified", but he got it out there.

You know the Democrats are shooting for the "BIG LIE" when they trot out the mega-liar, Epstein.

31 posted on 07/13/2009 9:38:24 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: ScottinVA

32 posted on 07/13/2009 9:41:03 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Cicero
Quick, Obama must fly to Japan to apologize for the US killing Admiral Yamamoto.

Wikipedia: Operation Vengeance (include all warnings about Wikipedia not being definitive, accurate, edited, or balanced)

33 posted on 07/13/2009 9:41:24 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Chrysler and GM are what Marx meant by the means of production.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So when there’s an attack on American soil again, we get to blame Panetta for canceling this program, right?


34 posted on 07/13/2009 9:43:14 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Liberty Valance

35 posted on 07/13/2009 9:43:14 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: JohnLongIsland

Maybe send some stimulus money his way so Osama can redecorate his cave.


36 posted on 07/13/2009 9:44:38 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s what happens when patients take over the institution.


37 posted on 07/13/2009 9:51:55 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Smokescreen, for sure - we need to put this in perspective. Listen to the reports - program was started in the wake of 9/11 and “not yet, fully operational”. Other references indicate that “efforts mostly died out, within 6 months”.
This is simply the Democrats continuing to position the Bush Administration in the cross-hairs for prosecution. There is nothing here, except a desire to demonize the previous administration and deflect public focus away from their own misdeeds.
38 posted on 07/13/2009 9:52:21 AM PDT by Tandem (Support our troops - Nephew in the Army)
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To: pennboricua

I was trying to think of that name, Buddy Hackett. Thanks. He looks JUST like him, LOL.


39 posted on 07/13/2009 9:52:56 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The “War on Terror” turned into the “Stern Letter of Condemnation of freedom fighters by the UN” Program. We really wouldn’t want to hurt anyone in the name of National Security, would we? If we’re nice to them, they won’t want to harm us. It worked under Clinton didn’t it?


40 posted on 07/13/2009 10:06:58 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: NormsRevenge
In fact it has a lot to do with very important things which show the treason of liberals in jeopardizing our national security first by exposing the CIA program to assassinate or capture Al-Qaeda terrorists and second by eliminating this program.
41 posted on 07/13/2009 10:49:33 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: Tandem

Why are you playing defense here? Do you understand how treasonous it is to reveal this very important CIA program and then eliminate it? The liberal traitors are the one who should be on the defense her.


42 posted on 07/13/2009 10:52:41 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: marron

I don’t buy that it wasn’t operational, IMO, that’s the reason it was kept hushhush because it was operational.

It’s one thing to stop the program but by publicising the shutdown, they are showing their true colors and aims - a witchhunt aimed at Cheney and in the manner of all federal prosecutions, use the lower level guys to snitch by offering them plea bargains.

This is a witch hunt pure and simple, whether you agree with the program or not, going after those who were in the thick of it is the equivalent of an old fashioned purge.

And he’s also looking into the 2001 killings of many Pakistanis and other TalibAQ types.

Come back, Mullah Omar, all is forgiven.

The viewpoint of the Pakistani Military has been vindicated; the US does not have the stomach for the fight and will eventually bug out. All Pakistan had to do is outlast the Americans.

Which looks imminent now.

If this is the case, then why the hell even start a campaign against the Talibs. Seems futile since we’ve already telegraphed the Talib victory.


43 posted on 07/13/2009 11:11:36 AM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: NormsRevenge
Terrorists are useful to consolidating the emergency police powers of an almighty State.
44 posted on 07/13/2009 11:12:32 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Indolence is the enemy of a republic.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Was this action by Panetta connected to the segment I saw on 60 Minutes last night?


45 posted on 07/13/2009 11:17:04 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: swarthyguy
The viewpoint of the Pakistani Military has been vindicated; the US does not have the stomach for the fight and will eventually bug out. All Pakistan had to do is outlast the Americans. Which looks imminent now.

It stinks. Half the country has lost its soul.

46 posted on 07/13/2009 11:49:21 AM PDT by marron
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To: marron

Guess I shouldn’t take it so hard but between this, and a budding investigation into the NA’s war against the Talibs in 01, I’ve been surprised by not only Obama, but my own reaction to this news.

A vindictive witch hunt is not the way to go for the good of the country, but to these guys, anything that can besmirch, tarnish and otherwise slander the Bushies is a valid endeavour.

Me a cynic, aka realist, saddened by this crowd.

And what’s on their priority list - banning tabak in the military.

Totally Bummed out in Boston.


47 posted on 07/13/2009 1:19:10 PM PDT by swarthyguy ("We may be crazy in Pakistan, but not completely out of our minds," ISI Gen. Ahmed Shujaa Pasha)
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To: swarthyguy

If the Repubs had any guts at all, the Obamists have just handed them their campaign issue.

The Democrats didn’t know we were trying to kill AQ’s leadership. Really? And they have canceled it.

Further proof, as if any were needed, that Democrats can not tell the truth to save their lives, and they can not keep a secret even to save our lives. And they do not want to kill AQ’s leadership.

They have no business being in government; its a job for adults. Its a job for patriots. Its a job, believe it or not, for moral people. I wish Cheney would take this issue and jam it right down their throats.

(This makes me mad).


48 posted on 07/13/2009 1:40:17 PM PDT by marron
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To: NormsRevenge

bttt


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