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  • Panetta Warns of Cyber Pearl Harbor: ‘The Capability to Paralyze This Country is There Now’

    06/13/2012 1:55:13 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/13/12 | Edwin Mora
    ( -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned a Senate panel today that America faces "the potential for another Pearl Harbor" launched by enemies who have the capability to wield a cyberattack that would “paralyze this country.” Panetta made his remarks under questioning by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during a Department of Defense (DOD) budget hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. Referring to a potential cyberattack against the United States, Graham asked, “You said something that just kind of went over everybody’s head, I think, that there’s a Pearl Harbor in the making here. You’re talking about shutting...
  • U.S. Losing Patience With Pakistan, Says Panetta

    06/07/2012 4:34:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 15 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7 June 2012 | Hamid Shalizi and David Alexander
    KABUL (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighboring Afghanistan. It was some of the strongest language used by a U.S. official to describe the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad. "It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan," said Panetta, speaking in the Afghan capital Kabul where he arrived for talks with military leaders amid rising violence in the war against the Taliban...
  • India not sold on closer military ties with U.S.

    06/06/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2012, 6:27 p.m. | David S. Cloud and Mark Magnier
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urged India on Wednesday to build a closer military relationship with the United States, but Indian leaders appeared more interested in buying U.S. weapons than in aligning strategically with Washington. Senior Indian officials made it clear in two days of talks that they will continue to set their own course on U.S. national security priorities, including isolating Iran and building up Afghanistan's military forces, sometimes in tandem with Washington and sometimes not. Panetta is visiting Asia this week to bolster military ties as the Obama administration, wary ofChina's growing clout in the region, seeks to...
  • Panetta wants more US access to Vietnam harbor

    06/03/2012 1:26:26 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/3/2012 | Lolita C. Baldor
    CAM RANH BAY, VIETNAM (AP) — From the flight deck of the USNS Richard E. Byrd, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could look out across Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay towards the South China Sea. A day after laying out details of the Pentagon's new focus on the Asia-Pacific region, Panetta used a visit to Vietnam to restate the United States' intent to help allies in the region develop and enforce maritime rights in the sea, a waterway largely claimed by China. And he reflected on the significance of the harbor, which represents both a painful past for the American military,...
  • Panetta: No military action in Syria without UN OK

    06/01/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/31/12 | Staff
    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he does not see the U.S. taking military action in Syria without the backing of a U.N. Security Council resolution — something that so far appears unlikely because of opposition from Russia. Panetta says his greatest responsibility is to make sure that if U.S. troops are deployed in any military role that America has the support it needs from the international community.
  • [ChiCom Defense Chief] Liang visits Pentagon, Panetta

    05/08/2012 7:25:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2012-05-08 11:21 | Tan Yingzi
    Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie, in a visit to the Pentagon on Monday, met with United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and called for the two sides to continue to build upon their military ties. After meeting with Panetta, Liang told a news conference that the two sides are committed to continue building a sound, stable and reliable military-to-military relationship through more communication. "Facing the complicated and serious security situation in Asia-Pacific, both of us agree that it is in line with our own interests to strengthen the cooperation between the two militaries in order to protect the peace...
  • Defense Secretary Panetta: Global Warming A National Security Threat, “Weighs Heavily” On Pentagon

    05/03/2012 10:56:01 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 11 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | May 3, 2012 | Zip
    Panetta went on to warn of the threat the U.S. homeland faces from Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.Via PJ Tatler: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told an Environmental Defense Fund reception in Washington last night that the role of climate change in national security is one of the environmental considerations that “weigh heavily” on the Pentagon.“Though we are looking at environmental issues, these days I’m a little more focused on the operations of a different kind of SEALs,” Panetta quipped.“In the 21st Century, the reality is that there are environmental threats which constitute threats to our national security,” Panetta said....
  • Want to Know Just How Close the Muslim Brotherhood Is to the Obama Admin?

    04/26/2012 11:30:24 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 26, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    On Wednesday evening, GBTV unveiled a powerful documentary, “Rumors of War III,” exposing how radical Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, are infiltrating American government at its highest levels. Above is a video clip from the program outlining some of the key players involved. The following is an overview of each of the Islamist figures who have found their place — in some way, shape or form — at the Obama administration’s table. Want to Know Just How Close the Muslim Brotherhood Is to the Obama Admin?Arif Alikahn, Former Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy Development: Now a Distinguished...
  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Defense Department Plans New Intelligence Gathering Service

    04/23/2012 5:11:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | by Eric Schmitt
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is revamping its spy operations to focus on high-priority targets like Iran and China in a reorganization that reflects a shift away from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan that have dominated America’s security landscape for the past decade. Under the plan approved last week by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, case officers from the new Defense Clandestine Service would work more closely with counterparts from the Central Intelligence Agency at a time when the military and spy agency are increasingly focused on similar threats. “It will thicken our coverage across the board,” said a...
  • Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program

    04/20/2012 4:09:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    VOA News ^ | 04/20/12 | Shannon Van Sant
    April 20, 2012 Panetta: China Assisted North Korea Missile Program Shannon Van Sant | Beijing A Chinese border policeman displays confiscated vanadium bound for North Korea at a checkpoint in Dandong, Liaoning province. Chinese border police have seized 70 kg (154 lb) of the strategic metal vanadium bound for North Korea, foiling an attempt to smuggle a material used to make missile parts, FILE July 24, 2009. China has recently joined with other countries in condemning North Korea for a failed missile launch earlier this month. It was a rare public rebuke of its internationally isolated ally, leading many to...
  • Panetta has paid $17,000 for commuting to Calif.

    04/05/2012 1:36:56 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has commuted on military aircraft to his home in northern California more than two dozen times since he took over the Pentagon in July, paying about $630 per trip for a roundtrip flight that costs the Pentagon about $32,000. The totals detailed by defense officials lay out his reimbursements for the first time, showing he paid the Treasury about $17,000 for the 27 personal trips. Based on fuel and other operating expenses for his Air Force plane, those same trips cost the government as much as $860,000.
  • Defense secretary Panetta blasts defense budget cuts in visit to ship off California coast

    03/31/2012 7:01:02 AM PDT · by Doogle · 27 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | 03/31/12 | AP via FOX
    ABOARD THE USS PELELIU – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts. In a visit to this amphibious assault ship off the Southern California coast, he also said Afghanistan is making progress against the Taliban but Iran remains a potential threat to the U.S. A budget agreement reached last August calls for defense cuts of $487 billion over a decade, a reflection of the drawdown of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the pressure to reduce the nation's deficit. The failure...
  • Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

    03/18/2012 6:30:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    Rights fight pits Holder vs. PanettaThe Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice. Conservatives are charging that Mr. Holder is going back on Pentagon promises to adhere to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the September repeal of the ban on open gays in the military. Military promises to enforce DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, induced some fence-sitting members of Congress to support the...
  • Hello Troops, I don’t trust you…

    03/17/2012 8:13:59 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 22 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | March 17th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    For the first time in history U.S. Marines, in a war zone, were ordered to surrender their arms while attending a dog and pony show speech by a visiting Secretary of Defense.Before addressing 200 troops gathered at Camp Leatherneck. As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s plane was landing a suicide driver attempted to ram it, but crashed into a ditch before it could get onto the runway. Mr. Panetta and his entourage were not hurt. Overreaction In a case of overreaction the base commander, Major General Charles Gurganus, ordered the camp Sargent Major to have the attending Marines secure their...
  • High Treason: Obama and Pentagon Declare Congress Invalid 2012

    03/15/2012 8:21:17 AM PDT · by yoe · 18 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 2012
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military, words which effectively declare Congress a ceremonial relic, have prompted Congressman Walter Jones to introduce a resolution that re-affirms such behavior as an "impeachable high crime and misdemeanor" under the Constitution. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations...
  • Wake Up, Panetta: UN, U.S. Have Opposing Interests

    03/15/2012 4:46:16 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 3/14/2012 | Ion Mihai Pacepa
    ( I should know: I helped infiltrate the UN for Ceaucescu.) Lt. Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking official ever to have defected from the former Soviet bloc. He is currently writing a book on disinformation together with Prof. Ronald Rychlak. On March 7, 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated in the U.S. Congress that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reacted to Secretary Panetta’s statement, saying: I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United...
  • Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech in Afghanistan

    03/15/2012 3:41:01 AM PDT · by Einherjar · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech
  • 'Car Bomb' As Panetta Lands In Afghanistan

    03/14/2012 9:27:53 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 3 replies
    Skynews ^ | 3/14/12
    A suspected car bomb attack has taken place at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, Sky Sources have revealed. The explosion came as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta flew into Camp Bastion. It is believed that Mr Panetta was still landing or had landed at the time of the alleged attack, but it is not clear if he was a target. Sky's Stuart Ramsay said the explosion was caused when a vehicle drove on to the runway either during or after the landing. Sky Sources have been told the explosion was caused by the driver of the vehicle. An investigation has now...
  • Officials call incident at Afghanistan airport an 'attempted attack' (SecDef)

    03/14/2012 4:39:06 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 9 replies ^ | 3/14/2012 | Foxnews
    A military source tells Fox News the strange incident on the tarmac Wednesday at Camp Bastion that occurred moments before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived via C-17 was an attempted attack.