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  • Panetta takes pulse in Middle East

    10/03/2011 8:38:20 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/03/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in the Middle East to assess Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and also take the temperature of Egypt. Panetta left Sunday on his trip, which also will take him to Brussels, where he’ll meet with NATO defense ministers. First, Panetta is sitting down with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "There's not much question in my mind that they maintain that (military) edge," he told reporters, the AP reported. "But the question you have to ask: Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you're isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena?
  • U.S. Defense Secretary To Arrive In Israel To Discuss Iran Nuclear Program

    10/02/2011 4:48:44 PM PDT · by edpc · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2 Oct 2011 | Amos Harel
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will arrive in Israel on Monday and meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The two are due to discuss several issues including security ties between the U.S. and Israel, the Palestinian drive for independence, the "Arab Spring" and the Iranian nuclear program. This will be the second meeting between Barak and Panetta within two weeks. The last meeting took place when Barak visited Washington just before the opening session of the United Nations' General Assembly that dealt with the Palestinian application. Barak also held meetings with General David Petraeus, who replaced Panetta as director...
  • The "Peace Process" Will Be the Death of Israel

    10/04/2011 5:28:34 AM PDT · by tedbel · 12 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Oct 4/11 | Ted Belman
    US Secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, just came to town and warned that Israel is becoming “increasingly isolated” and must restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. Why? According to Fox News, he said the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region in order to have stability. His remarks come on the heels of Bill Clinton's attack on Netanyahu for the failure of the peace process and Gates’ parting shot according to Elliot Abrams “Gates argued...
  • Panetta Warns of Israeli Isolation

    10/02/2011 5:48:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2011 | JULIAN E. BARNES
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel was at risk of becoming isolated and more vulnerable if it did not take steps to repair ties with neighboring countries and restart negotiations with the Palestinians. The U.S. remains committed to helping Israel maintain its "qualitative military edge" in the Middle East, Mr. Panetta said. But he added that genuine security would not come through military hardware, but by returning to peace negotiations. "The question you have to ask is: 'Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you are isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena?'" he said. "Real...
  • LEAKED: U.S. defense officials deliberately skewed survey results to sway 'Don't Ask' repeal

    07/22/2011 11:54:46 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 35 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 07/22/2011 | Kathleen Gilbert
    According to an explosive document, investigators from the U.S. military’s top investigative office found evidence that a Pentagon survey pivotal to the [DADT] repeal was engineered months prior to its release, and was deliberately skewed in later media leaks, with the intention of swaying Congress towards repeal despite opposition from combat troops. An unredacted version of the April 2011 report by the Defense department’s Inspector General was leaked to the conservative Center for Military Readiness, and a slightly redacted version was confirmed as authentic by a Defense spokesperson to The authors found that Jeh Johnson, a co-chair of the...
  • White House admits war with Iran

    07/14/2011 5:19:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2011 | Editorial
    Obama officials decry Tehran’s culpability for U.S. troop deathsThe United States is engaged in a deadly but seldom mentioned proxy war with Iran. In a rare act of candor, two senior Obama administration defense officials have addressed the open secret of Iran’s active support for insurgent groups fighting U.S. troops overseas. Earlier this week, during a visit to Iraq, newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta strongly denounced Iranian support for increasingly violent Shiite militia groups in that country. “We are very concerned about Iran and the weapons they are providing to extremists here in Iraq,” he said. “We’re seeing...
  • Panetta Report 1: Leon Panetta Paid Tribute to Two Longtime Communists

    06/23/2011 10:34:34 PM PDT · by LucyT · 31 replies
    New Zeal Shining The Torch for Liberty ^ | June 14, 2011 | Trevor loudon
    Leon Panetta In 1983, then Congressman, Leon Panetta, placed a tribute in the Congressional Record to two of his Santa Cruz, California constituents. The couple, Hugh DeLacy and his wife Dorothy Baskin DeLacy, both had long histories with the Communist Party USA and were very active in the Santa Cruz “progressive” movement that had helped nurture Congressman Panetta’s career. Phrases like “social justice” and “dark forces of McCarthyism” rolled from Rep. Panetta’s pen, in a piece that would not have been out of place in the Communist Party’s Peoples Daily World. Panetta makes it very clear he sympathizes with...
  • Panetta confirmed as Defense secretary

    06/21/2011 8:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | Lisa Mascaro and Ken Dilanian
    The Senate unanimously confirmed Leon E. Panetta as secretary of Defense on Tuesday, putting the Pentagon in the hands of a former Democratic congressman and budget expert amid growing political discontent over the cost and reach of President Obama's military engagements. Panetta, who spent two years as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will replace Robert M. Gates, who is retiring after serving in two consecutive administrations. In a statement, Panetta thanked the Senate "for the strong vote of confidence" and said he was "deeply honored" by the 100-0 tally and the president's nomination. His confirmation comes as Obama is...
  • Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored

    06/13/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | 6-13-2011 | Wes Vernon - Commentary
    Media blackout: CIA director accused of links to Communist spy contact -- scandal ignored Wes Vernon June 13, 2011 If you have been depending on the mainstream media for your news the past few days, you are probably learning here for the first time that CIA Director Leon Panetta has been called out for his links to an important open member of the Communist Party. Some background When this writer first arrived in Washington, D.C., as a reporter in 1968, one of my assignments was to cover the congressional delegation from Washington State. Occasionally, both Democrat and Republican members of...
  • Panetta Hearing for SecDef Thursday: Obama CIA Director Linked to Spies Thru Communist Party Figure

    06/08/2011 3:40:44 PM PDT · by vadum · 27 replies
    New Zeal ^ | June 8, 2011 | Trevor Loudon
    New research from writers and researchers Trevor Loudon and Cliff Kincaid shows that Leon Panetta, the CIA director being considered on Thursday for the position of Secretary of Defense, had a previously undisclosed personal and friendly relationship with Hugh DeLacy, a prominent member of the Communist Party USA. DeLacy visited such countries as China and Nicaragua and was himself a personal contact of identified Soviet spies Solomon Adler and Frank Coe and accused spy John Stewart Service. Panetta spoke at DeLacy’s memorial service, directed a series of letters to him personally as “Dear Hugh,” and placed a tribute to him...
  • Did Leon Panetta Send Order to Take Out Osama Rather Than Obama?

    05/07/2011 4:24:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 5, 2011 | Van Helsing
    Gutsy? Please. A White House insider offers a peek behind the scenes regarding the no-brainer decision to take out bin Laden: President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president. … [T]here had been a push to invade the compound for several weeks if not months, primarily led by Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Jim Clapper. The primary opposition to this plan originated from Valerie Jarrett, and it was her opposition that was enough to create uncertainty within President Obama. … Every time military and intelligence officials appeared to make...
  • Obama storms out of national security shade-President no longer needs rival prop (Strange analysis)

    05/02/2011 4:09:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Calcutta Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2011 | K.P. Nayar
    San Francisco, May 2: The reward came before its reason. When President Barack Obama announced five days ago that his replacement for defence secretary Robert Gates, a high-profile Republican, would be the current director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, there were raised eyebrows in Washington over his surprise choice. More than ever before, Obama needed Republican support to keep his administration functioning in the face of recent Opposition control of the House of Representatives and a loss of “filibuster-proof” majority for Democrats in the Senate. Obama’s opponents had continued to lambast him in early preparations for his re-election...
  • Report: Petraeus 'seriously considered' for CIA director

    04/05/2011 7:31:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    Report: Petraeus 'seriously considered' for CIA director By Jordan Fabian - 04/05/11 09:34 AM ET Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, is under consideration to become the next CIA director, according to a report. NPR reported Monday evening that several insiders say that Petraeus is being "seriously" considered for the key intelligence post. Under the proposed plan, CIA Director Leon Panetta could also move over to the Pentagon to serve as the next Defense secretary. He would replace Robert Gates, who wants to step down at the end of the year after serving in the Bush...
  • Leon Panetta Has Got Some Real Inside Info

    02/11/2011 7:06:51 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 12 replies ^ | Friday, February 11th at 12:13AM EST | Posted by Leon H. Wolf
    I think it is fair to say that a lot of the higher-echelon government jobs, particularly in the Federal Government, are sui generis. ...
  • Obama’s worst day [February 10, 2011]

    02/10/2011 10:43:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2011 | Patrick Poole
    It’s hard to overstate how bad February 10, 2011, will rank among the worst days of Barack Obama’s administration. Earlier today CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress that Mubarak would announce his departure today. That didn’t happen. Now our intelligence agencies are scrambling to understand what all this means. This catastrophic intelligence failure is the worst since 9/11 (rivaling even the 2007 Iran National Intelligence Estimate). Then Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in response to a question by Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) that the Muslim Brotherhood was “largely secular,” despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood lists as...
  • CIA Pulls Its Chief From Pakistan

    12/18/2010 4:05:59 AM PST · by deks · 30 replies
    Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty ^ | December 18, 2010 | Claire Bigg
    The CIA has recalled it top officer from Pakistan after his cover was blown and his life threatened. The alleged name of the CIA's station chief in Islamabad was revealed by a Pakistani man, Kareem Khan, who has threatened to sue the intelligence agency over the death of his son and brother in a U.S. missile strike. Khan and his lawyers told a news conference in November that they would seek a $500 million payment for his family members' deaths and warned they may sue CIA director Leon Panetta, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and the man they identified as...
  • Iran and the Missile Defense Imperative

    07/17/2010 10:42:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    FDD ^ | 7/14/2010 | R. James Woolsey, Rebeccah Heinrichs
    In a June 27 interview on ABC's "This Week," CIA Director Leon Panetta warned that it could be a mere two years before Iran is able to threaten other states with nuclear warheads mounted on ballistic missiles. When discussing the new U.S. sanctions against Iran recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, Mr. Panetta said, "Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not." Three months ago the Defense Intelligence Agency reported that by 2015 Iran, with help from North Korea or Russia, could field an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Spying On Icebergs?

    01/07/2010 5:16:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,205+ views ^ | January 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears? One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are. At the urging of Al Gore, the administration is signing on to a plan to task vital intelligence assets to protect not the people of the United States, but the environment. The program, shot down by President Bush,...
  • Fox News: CIA Tracked Plane Bomber Since August

    12/29/2009 3:51:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 134 replies · 6,375+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Chris Wallace (filling in for Bret Baier)just reported that Fox News confirms that the CIA was tracking Northwest Airlines flight 253 bommber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab since August. He did not say more than that. No wonder Obama spoke out again today about a systemic failure. He knew tis news was going to come out.This terrorist getting through our defenses is going to be the responsibility of his administration, not President Bush's.
  • White House aims to calm intelligence agencies': report

    12/29/2009 3:58:56 PM PST · by truthandlife · 20 replies · 1,200+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-29-09
    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...
  • CIA Said to Have Won Turf Battle Against Intel Chief

    11/12/2009 10:22:30 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 749+ views
    ap ^ | November 12, 2009
    CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair squared off in May over Blair's effort to designate his own representative at U.S. embassies to be his personal eyes and ears abroad, instead of relying on CIA station chiefs. Two intelligence officials said Thursday that the CIA won a monthslong turf battle with the Office of National Intelligence, assuring the primacy of CIA station chiefs over other U.S. intelligence operations and personnel around the world. The territorial dispute was resolved only after it got all the way to the office of national security adviser Gen. James Jones. The CIA...
  • Abuse Issue Puts the C.I.A. and Justice Dept. at Odds (Panetta swore "mildly", "only once")

    08/28/2009 6:39:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 1,190+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2009 | Peter Baker, David Johnston, and Mark Mazzeti
    With the appointment of a prosecutor to investigate detainee abuses, long-simmering conflicts between the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department burst into plain view this week, threatening relations between two critical players on President Obama’s national security team. The tension between the agencies complicates how the administration handles delicate national security issues, particularly the tracking and capturing of suspected terrorists overseas. It also may distract Mr. Obama, who is trying to move beyond the battles of the Bush years to focus on an ambitious domestic agenda, most notably health care legislation. The strains became evident inside the administration in...
  • A Disgraceful Ploy But Bound to Fail

    08/25/2009 2:47:09 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 7 replies · 442+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/25/09 | Purple Mountains
    As Obama’s Presidency sinks, and his healthcare plan continues to fall apart, mention of dropping the ‘public option’ has enraged his far-left base. As a diversion, and as a sop to them, Obama has backed away from previous promises and has thrown the CIA to the wolves. He has named a special prosecutor to investigate, harass and possibly prosecute CIA interrogators who saved us from a dreaded second attack – thus ensuring that no-one will want to serve our country in this role again – to the detriment of all of us and to the deaths of some of us.
  • Obama Neuters CIA, Compromises National Security

    08/25/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 36 replies · 1,010+ views
    Entitlement Syndrome ^ | 08/25/2009 | Scott Michaels
    Well, it looks like President Obama has finally decided to take a side in the "Who's it gonna be boy, us or them?" contest of wills between Leon Panetta's Central Intelligence Agency and the rest of the executive (and parts of the Democratic-dominated legislative) branch. Yesterday's decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to look into alleged abuses of captured Al Qaeda leaders by CIA interrogators seems to completely contradict President Obama's earlier reassurances of no action to be taken against those CIA employees. At the time, it was clear that polls showed the public had...
  • Watch Who You’re Calling a Liar (Panetta orders internal probe of secret spy program)

    07/09/2009 9:15:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 98 replies · 6,774+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 7-9-09 | Mark Hosenball, Michael Isikoff
    Panetta orders internal probe of secret spy program after some members of Congress say CIA misled them. ### CIA Director Leon Panetta has ordered an internal inquiry into the agency's handling of a contentious and still highly classified intelligence program that has caused a heated dispute between the CIA and Democrats on the House intelligence committee. The move by Panetta appears to be an implicit acknowledgment by the agency that it should have disclosed information about the post-9/11 secret program to Congress much earlier than it did. *snip* CIA and congressional officials have refused to describe the nature of the...
  • Panetta Says CIA Officials Have Misled Congress Since 2001

    07/08/2009 5:00:45 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 76 replies · 3,439+ views
    Panetta Says CIA Officials Have Misled Congress Since 2001 By SIOBHAN GORMAN WASHINGTON -- Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon E. Panetta has told lawmakers that CIA officials misled Congress "for a number of years" since 2001, according to a letter released Wednesday from six Democratic lawmakers. The lawmakers say the CIA also withheld information about unspecified "significant actions." The letter didn't identify when Mr. Panetta made the statements or to what they referred. "This is similar to other deceptions of which we are aware from other recent periods, " the letter continued. CIA spokesman George Little said "it is not...
  • CIA Fired Firms Aiding Questioning (waterboarding)

    06/15/2009 10:34:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 338+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 15, 2009 | Walter Pincus
    Weeks after President Obama took office, the CIA extended its contract with a firm run by two psychologists who helped introduce waterboarding and other harsh methods to the agency's interrogation techniques, according to a news report. Two months later, CIA Director Leon Panetta fired Mitchell, Jessen & Associates and all other contractors that aided the CIA in its interrogations of alleged terrorists, the New Yorker reported this weekend. The firings took place in April, around the same time the Senate Armed Services Committee reported on the role played by James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen in developing "countermeasures to defeat" the...
  • McCain defends Obama's CIA pick [barf]

    01/09/2009 4:37:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 122 replies · 2,492+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain said Friday that his former rival Barack Obama has put together an "excellent" national security team, and defended the selection of Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency. "I'm not here trying to argue that this president is perfect and that there aren’t still disagreements, but I do think his national security team is an excellent one," McCain told Fox News. He described his post-election conversations with Obama as "cordial" and said he has spoken with the president-elect about the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Asked about Obama's decision to name Panetta to...
  • CIA, intelligence director locked in turf war

    05/27/2009 7:13:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 1,070+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2009
    WASHINGTON - A turf war between the two senior intelligence chiefs over the role of CIA station chiefs in U.S. embassies has forced National Security Adviser James L. Jones to step in to mediate, according to current and former U.S. government officials. The jockeying between CIA director Leon Panetta and National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair centers on Blair's effort to choose his own representatives abroad instead of relying only on CIA station chiefs, the current and former officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the dispute.
  • Why Pelosi Must Go

    05/20/2009 5:23:29 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 11 replies · 519+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/20/2009 | Dick Morris
    It's obvious that either Leon Panetta, Obama's head of the CIA, or Nancy Pelosi, his party's Speaker of the House, has to go. No administration can tolerate a permanent, public civil war between two such high-ranking officials. Especially when their disagreement stems not from issues of policy but from matters of veracity and credibility, the battle must end in one of their resignations. You cannot have the head of the nation's first line of defense against terrorism calling the Speaker of the House a liar and being attacked by her in turn.
  • Charles Krauthammer Just "Hammered" Nancy Pelosi! (Special Report/Fox News)

    05/14/2009 3:55:39 PM PDT · by kellynla · 98 replies · 5,081+ views
    Fox News/Special Report | 4/14/2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Charles Krauthammer opined on Special Report on Fox News about Nancy Pelosi.
  • Leon Panetta's mission to stop Israel bombing Iranian nuclear plant

    05/14/2009 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies · 1,526+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 14, 2009 | James Hider in Jerusalem
    America's spy chief has been sent on a secret mission to Israel to warn its leaders not to launch a surprise attack on Iran without notifying the US Administration. As Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, prepares to visit Washington, it emerged yesterday that Leon Panetta, the head of the CIA, went to Israel two weeks ago. He sought assurances from Mr Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, the Defence Minister, that their hawkish new Government would not attack Iran without alerting Washington. Concerns have been rising that Mr Netanyahu could launch a strike on Tehran's atomic programme, in the same way...
  • Argentina calls CIA comment "irresponsible" ( Leon Panetta )

    02/26/2009 6:39:10 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 967+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2009
    Argentina on Thursday blasted the head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for saying the country, along with Ecuador and Venezuela, could be pushed into instability by the global economic crisis. Lumping Argentina together with Ecuador and Venezuela, both led by leftist anti-Washington firebrands, raises concern in this country, where center-left President Cristina Kirchner is trying to keep the economy from stagnating.

    02/26/2009 6:18:23 AM PST · by andrew roman · 198+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 26 February 2009 | Andrew Roman
    Bush bashing.Gee, how original.The new CIA Chief has decided that Congress needs a big hug, maybe more – and he’s ready to start dispensing the love. According to the agency’s new chief, Leon Panetta, all of those years under President Bush saw a nasty rift fester between the CIA and Capitol Hill – a relationship Panetta says was “badly damaged” with W in the lead – and the time has come to make it all good again. In other words, those lousy Bush-era policies that kept this nation safe from attack for over seven years need to be tossed...
  • Reporter restrained after Panetta hearing (Police state begins)

    02/06/2009 4:47:19 PM PST · by Crazieman · 49 replies · 4,213+ views
    The Politico ^ | 2/6/09 | Michael Calderone
    Following Leon Panetta’s confirmation hearing Thursday, several reporters approached the CIA director-designate in the hallway outside room G-50 in the Dirksen Building. There, CongressDaily reporter Chris Strohm — upon asking a question — was physically restrained by a man who accompanied Panetta at hearings both days. Strohm, when reached by phone Friday, said he was unsure of the man’s role. “I felt this hand grab my right arm and push me aside,” Strohm said. By his account, Strohm told the man, “Please don’t touch me” more than once. Eventually, the man let him go. Tim Starks, a reporter for Congressional...
  • CIA Nominee Panetta Received $700,000 in Fees

    02/05/2009 7:12:19 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 19 replies · 711+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The White House's nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, has earned more than $700,000 in speaking and consulting fees since the beginning of 2008, with some of the payments coming from troubled financial firms and from a firm that invests in contractors for federal national security agencies, according to financial disclosures released Wednesday. Mr. Panetta received $56,000 from Merrill Lynch & Co. for two speeches and $28,000 for a speech for Wachovia Corp., according to disclosures released ahead of Thursday's scheduled Senate hearing on Mr. Panetta's nomination.
  • Leaker for Langley? - Leon Panetta’s upcoming hearing is a chance to solve a 39-year-old mystery.

    02/04/2009 2:43:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,523+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 04, 2009 | Tevi Troy
    February 04, 2009, 4:00 a.m. Leaker for Langley?Leon Panetta’s upcoming hearing is a chance to solve a 39-year-old mystery. By Tevi Troy Before he was a Democratic congressman, before he was director of the Office of Management and Budget, before he was White House chief of staff, and certainly before he was President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, Leon Panetta was director of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare—the precursor to today’s Department of Health and Human Services. He was also a Republican. Around the time he left HEW in 1970, Panetta...
  • PHOTO: Leon Panetta's daughter with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega! (Unsubstantiated, unconfirmed)

    01/17/2009 3:18:25 PM PST · by ETL · 112 replies · 11,228+ views
    several sources | various authors
    From Compañera Panetta, with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega January 10, 2009 This photo shows Chavez with his arm around Linda Panetta, while former Sandinista junta leader Daniel Ortega smiles on, at left. You saw it here first. If the adult daughter of a CIA Director-designate hangs out with sworn enemies of the United States, it's a matter for the United States Senate to probe aggressively. And so the Senate really has to ask some very pointed questions about Linda Panetta, daughter of President-Elect Obama's pick to lead the CIA, and her ties to Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega and...
  • Compañera Panetta, with Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega

    01/17/2009 12:36:48 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 18 replies · 1,094+ views ^ | January 10, 2009 | Unattributed
    If the adult daughter of a CIA Director-designate hangs out with sworn enemies of the United States, it's a matter for the United States Senate to probe aggressively. And so the Senate really has to ask some very pointed questions about Linda Panetta, daughter of President-Elect Obama's pick to lead the CIA, and her ties to Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Linda Panetta is a noted anti-military activist who has accused the US military of teaching Latin American officers how to torture. She has also been close to causes hostile toward the United States and friendly...
  • Leon Panetta: Latest to Make Dickipedia

    01/14/2009 5:21:39 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 3 replies · 340+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 1/14/2009 | Dr. Dave
    Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff under X-42, from 1994-1997 (better known as the Lewinsky scandal era), didn't know a thing about the ex-president's Oval Office liaison's with The Big Cigar Lover. Which, of course, makes ALL the sense in the world for Barack Obama to appoint him head of the CIA. A great spy always looks the other way, they say (or did I just make that up?). What's even way cooler, Panetta's qualifications (he's tough with an Excel spreadsheet and knows how to fire the most important company man and heap even more work on the overworked,...
  • CHRONICLE EDITORIAL: From Jack Bauer to Leon Panetta

    01/13/2009 7:49:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1,141+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/13/8 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sunday's New York Times ran two columns that advocated for investigations into America's use of coercive interrogation techniques - known to editorial writers as "torture" - of enemy combatants, as well as one that opposed a show trial. Also Sunday, television's "24" uber-agent Jack Bauer stood before a U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating intelligence abuses and gave a bombastic Senate inquisitor what-for: "Please do not sit there with that smug look on your face and expect me to regret the decisions that I have made, because, sir, the truth is, I don't." Asked if he had tortured a suspect, the Kiefer...
  • Sen. Boxer approves Panetta at CIA: a reckless pick in a dangerous time

    01/12/2009 6:04:19 AM PST · by LightedCandle · 14 replies · 457+ views
    Chuck DeVore for California ^ | 1/12/09 | Chuck DeVore
    Sen. Boxer approves Panetta at CIA: a reckless pick in a dangerous time (Chuck DeVore is an Assemblyman from California running for the US Senate against Barbara Boxer in 2010)On Monday, January 5, President-elect Obama selected former Cong. Leon Panetta to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta’s chief qualification is his utter lack of intelligence experience – meaning that he has not been involved with any of the intelligence activities in the past 7 years that have kept America safe. This makes him an acceptable candidate to the anti-war left. Obama’s first choice to head the 20,000...
  • Panetta tied to Marxist think tank? (Institute For Policy Studies) plus ChiCom COSCO deal

    01/11/2009 4:26:45 PM PST · by ETL · 27 replies · 1,177+ views
    several sources | several authors
    "In April 1985 [Leon] Panetta joined with 13 of his leftist congressional colleagues — including Ron Dellums, Don Edwards, George Miller, Christopher Dodd, and Les Aspin — in sponsoring a 20th anniversary fund-raising gala for the pro-Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), which had been described by Brian Crozier, director of the London Institute for the Study of Conflict, as the "perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB." The IPS was originally funded with millions of dollars from the Faberge perfume magnate and Communist Party member Samuel Rubin...
  • The Trouble With Leon Panetta [supported anti-CIA, KGB-affiliated, Institute For Policy Studies]

    01/10/2009 5:55:09 AM PST · by ETL · 29 replies · 1,679+ views ^ | January 7, 2009 | Warren Mass
    excerpt... In April 1985 Panetta joined with 13 of his leftist congressional colleagues — including Ron Dellums, Don Edwards, George Miller, Christopher Dodd, and Les Aspin — in sponsoring a 20th anniversary fund-raising gala for the pro-Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), which had been described by Brian Crozier, director of the London Institute for the Study of Conflict, as the "perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB." The IPS was originally funded with millions of dollars from the Faberge perfume magnate and Communist Party member Samuel Rubin...
  • Obama Has Sentenced my Grandchildren to Death

    01/09/2009 6:29:31 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 18 replies · 976+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/9/09 | Purple Mountains
    This great and wonderful nation has survived many disasters and near-defeats. It will survive the appointment of the corrupt and inexperienced Hillary Clinton to head the State Department. It will survive the appointment of the One-Worlder, Susan Rice, to be our Ambassador to the United Nations. We may not survive, and our grandchildren and their children WILL not survive the appointments of Leon Panetta to head the CIA and Eric Holder to be the nation’s Attorney General.
  • Panetta Gets Mixed Reaction From CIA Officials

    01/06/2009 6:12:52 AM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 34 replies · 1,178+ views
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 6, 2009 | LUIS MARTINEZ
    Leon Panetta, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the CIA, could be "a fabulous choice" to lead the agency or a nominee who is inexperienced with intelligence matters and will have a chilling effect on the agency, according to top former CIA officials.
  • [President-elect]Obama apologizes to [Senator]Feinstein for his CIA surprise

    01/07/2009 12:02:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 569+ views
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday that President-elect Barack Obama apologized to her for not notifying her ahead of time that Leon Panetta was his pick for CIA director. His name leaked to the press before Obama informed Feinstein, a California Democrat and incoming Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, who will oversee Panetta's nomination hearing. "I have been contacted by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden, and they have explained to me the reasons why they believe Leon Panetta is the best candidate for CIA Director," she said. Feinstein complained Monday she had not been told about Panetta and expressed doubts...
  • What Congress Knew About 'Torture'

    01/07/2009 8:23:32 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 558+ views
    wsj ^ | JANUARY 6, 2009
    Barack Obama's choice of former Congressman Leon Panetta to lead the CIA at least puts a grownup, if also an intelligence rookie, in that crucial job. It also means that Mr. Panetta and Director of National Intelligence-designate Dennis Blair will soon have to decide if they want to join the left-wing crusade to purge their agencies of anyone who had anything to do with "torture." In particular, at their nomination hearings they're likely to be asked to support a "truth commission" on the Bush Administration's terrorist interrogation policies. We hope they have the good sense to resist. And if they...
  • In Defense of the Panetta Pick

    01/07/2009 6:37:03 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 66 replies · 1,269+ views
    HughHewitt ^ | January 06, 2009 | Hugh Hewitt
    Panetta's a patriot, an experienced Washington hand, and close to the president-elect. As with many of the other early appointments on the incoming national security team, conservatives should be asking themselves if they ought not to be thanking their stars that the new team appears very realistic about the world they are being called on to lead and the enemies they will be facing.