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Leon Panetta

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 ...

Sam Stein

Jim Woolsey Praises Panetta, Obama's Foreign Policy Team | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former CIA Director and John McCain adviser Jim Woolsey professes to being "impressed overall by the quality" of Barack Obama's national security team...

Maybe, Going Forward, We Should Just Let Bernie Madoff Off?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand it's smart for Obama to hold his cards close on torture and war crimes prosecutions, but the reason that's being given for not pursuing them makes little sense.

Has Anything Changed?

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

The economic stimulus bill cannot be everything to everyone or it will be so watered down as to be entirely ineffective. It is time for members of Congress to put aside themselves and look to the greater good.

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.

CIA: Thinking Outside The Fraternity

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

We've been hearing a lot about change lately -- but the question here was about changing an organization like the CIA, with its special functions and rules and strong internal cohesiveness.

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.

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

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.

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.

Why Barack Obama Needs To Fail

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Not only is failure an option, it is an imperative. Leaders who actively seek to avoid failure are destined to choose the most expedient, and therefore the most treacherous path.

Leon Panetta Named To Head The CIA

AP | PAMELA HESS and LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Promising to protect the United States while adhering to its core human values, President-elect Barack Obama formally unveiled his ...

I Want To Play Poker With Harry Reid

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

A seventy-one year old dude who hasn't held office for 14 years, appointed by a crook, has taken the Senate Majority Leader to the cleaners.

Lessons of Obama's First Cabinet Controversy

Gordon Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Goldstein

Despite a nearly flawless transition period of astute, substantive and widely praised cabinet appointments, the Obama administration has unintentionally provoked its first controversy.

Feinstein Backs Panetta For CIA, Changing Tune

AP | ERICA WERNER and PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday she intends to support Pre...

Panetta's Best Qualification for the Job: He'll Tell Obama the Truth

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

When I interviewed Panetta, I was so impressed by his candidness that I noted at the end of the transcript of our conversation: "Panetta is the least full of himself guy I've ever interviewed."

Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This doesn't sound a whole lot like "change we can believe in." This sounds more like same-old-same-old cronyism and pay-to-play.

CIA Man: Spies' Reaction to Panetta "Overwhelmingly Negative"

Congressional Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A retired senior CIA operations officer who quit last summer after 20 years tracking terrorists says the rank-and-file reaction to President-elect Oba...

Jason Linkins

Mary Schapiro: WaPo's Pearlstein Takes On Obama SEC Pick | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Writing for Commentary, Jennifer Rubin calls President-elect Barack Obama's choice to place Leon Panetta at the top spot at the CIA, "his first comple...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: January 7, 2007 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Well, the big news today is that after all manner of tough talk from Harry Reid, vowing to never seat a Senator appointed by Rod Blagojevich, the Sena...

CIA: Parsing The Panetta Pick

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.

New CIA Chief Must Be Anti-Torture

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Leon Panetta certainly understands intelligence. But, most importantly, he understands the importance of our intelligence apparatus operating on the moral, ethical, and legal high ground.

What About a 3 PM Phone Call?

Nora McAlvanah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nora McAlvanah

If Obama is going to bring "outsiders" (aka Clinton insiders) to the table, he needs to do it while showing an ability to operate within the current political parameters.

Ryan Grim

Biden: Obama Made Mistake Not Consulting Feinstein | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama transition team made a mistake by not consulting with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California before choosing Leon Panetta to head th...