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SLDN to Panetta: The Time Is Now for Concrete Action

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Committed and strong leadership from the Pentagon was one of the key components of winning the repeal of DADT. Likewise, it will require the same determination and leadership to ensure its successful implementation.

Panetta Must Rein In Personnel Costs, Panel Says

Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

BY Colin Clark Editor AOL Defense Washington -- The day before Leon Panetta goes before the Senate for his first defense secretary nomination hear...

Private Letter From CIA Chief To John McCain Undercuts Bin Laden Torture Claim

Washington Post | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

CIA chief Leon Panetta has written a private letter to Senator John McCain that offers the most detailed answer yet to questions about the relationshi...

In the Shadow of bin Laden: The California Connection

William Bradley | Posted 07.11.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Between Leon Panetta's experience in cutting costs as Clinton's federal budget director and the striking success of William McRaven's counter-terrorist bin Laden mission, maybe this duo can help get us on a different track.

Pelosi Proves She's No Lame Duck

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

There is only one Democrat in DC that has any balls -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The CIA Back on Top? Panetta's Opportunity for Real Reform

Joseph W. Augustyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph W. Augustyn

The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.

Predator Drone Strikes: Secret Rules, Hidden Costs

Washington Post | Peter Finn and Joby Warrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The plan was a standard one in the CIA's war against extremists in Pakistan: The agency was using a Predator drone to monitor a residential compound; ...

CIA Director Leon Panetta Defends Agency After Afghanistan Bomb Attack

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at w...

New Year's Resolution: Clean House

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Thus far at the Obama White House, it's only progressives who get thrown under the proverbial bus. If Obama is truly to signal a change of course and mean it, one constructive sign would be replacements for Summers and Geithner.

CIA 'Black Sites': Final Status Of The Facilities Remains In The Dark

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Whatever happened to the so-called "black sites," where suspected terrorists were held overseas by the CIA and submitted to harsh interrogations that ...

Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Happy Campers?

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

A former CIA operations officer told me that Al Qaeda members are "happy" with the new U.S. policy that essentially has opened our interrogation playbook to them.

Did the CIA Assassinate? What We Need to Know

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

A serious examination of the CIA/assassination story should begin by sweeping aside the rubbish cluttering the electronic ether on this issue.

The Democrats' Selective Amnesia on Assassination: Clinton Did It and Obama Does It Too

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

The "secret" CIA assassination program that Dick Cheney allegedly concealed from Congress sounds a lot like the assassination policy implemented by President Bill Clinton.

Shirley and the CIA

Norman Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Norman Horowitz

Where are all of the documentaries about the CIA on FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC?

Will Obama Block Release of Key Bush-era Torture Memos?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

As has been pointed out by journalists, human rights lawyers and critics, President Obama has continued -- and continues to defend -- some of the Bush administration's most repressive "War on Terror" policies.

Biden: Bush Gave Al Qaeda "A Powerful Recruiting Tool"

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Visiting the Central Intelligence Agency to swear in Leon E. Panetta as the agency's 19th director, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the Bush a...

Jason Linkins

Panetta Shoots Down "24 Myth" In Testimony | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this week, Kiefer Sutherland, star of the television series 24, attempted to impose some sanity in an interview with the London Guardian. The...

CIA Nominee Panetta Received Over $700,000 In Fees, Some From Troubled Banks

Wall Street Journal | Glenn Simpson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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...

Obama Raises the Bar for Future Presidents

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

Obama's success in these first two weeks has forever changed our expectations of a new President and how he or she should behave.

Senate Republicans: Did Panetta's Oversee Clinton-Era Extraordinary Rendition?

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, Leon Panetta, served as White House chief of staff during the time the Clinton administration ...

CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Is Leon Panetta the Right Choice for CIA Director?

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

It is perhaps not widely known that there has been a major change in the intelligence agencies' personnel since 9/11. Some 50% of intel community staffers have joined since 9/11.

Speaking Truth to Intelligence

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Cleaning out our stable of intelligence officials is a Herculean task. We are lucky to have men like Dennis Blair and Leon Panetta willing to sacrifice for the good of the nation.

What Spies Think of Panetta

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

I conducted a poll about what spies thought of the Panetta choice. The results: "Obama was wise" to choose someone out of the torture loop to run the CIA. But there's a problem.

Leon Panetta Right Choice for CIA

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Leon Panetta is a patriot, a veteran, and a consensus builder, and he will lead the CIA forthrightly and in full respect for the law and the Constitution. I frankly cannot think of a better choice.