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Obama's Cabinet-Level 'Guantanamo Task Force' Holds First Meeting

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Top officials of the Obama administration met privately Monday to discuss how to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Attor...

The Imperial Unconscious

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We don't find it strange to have 16 intelligence agencies, running "covert wars" in tribal borderlands, flying unmanned drones over those borderlands, destroying those in camera view.

Yet Another California Campaign: Elections Abound In the Arnold Era

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Every other year, including this, has seen the tarnished Golden State holding at least one statewide election. This May 19th it's another special statewide election, the fourth of the Arnold Era.

CIA Following Bin Laden on Twitter

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Borowitz

The decision to track Mr. bin Laden's movements, moods, and musical tastes came late last week after the agency discovered he was using the popular social networking utility.

Panetta Promises Honesty As CIA Director

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — CIA Director Leon Panetta promised honest leadership as he took the helm Thursday of an agency with a public image tarnished by all...

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...

Retiring CIA Inspector General Faces Suit Over Conduct of Office

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Stein

John L. Helgerson, the CIA's controversial inspector general, may be finally leaving the spy agency after three decades, but he will not be fading back into the shadows.

Reporter Restrained After Leon Panetta Hearing

Politico | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Following Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing Thursday, several reporters approached the CIA director-designate in the hallway outside room G-50 in th...

Jason Linkins

Panetta Shoots Down "24 Myth" In Testimony

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Smooth Sailing For Panetta

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Panetta has a more than full plate as the next CIA director. It's good he's going to be starting out without all the political distractions that many thought would derail him last month.

Panetta Takes Back Remarks On Detainee Rendition

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — CIA Director-nominee Leon Panetta formally retracted a statement he made Thursday that the Bush administration transferred prisoner...

Panetta: CIA Interrogators Will Not Be Prosecuted

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line...

Panetta Confirmation Hearing: Obama's CIA Pick Says No More "Extraordinary Rendition"

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — CIA Director nominee Leon Panetta assured senators Thursday that the Obama administration will not send prisoners to countries for ...

Pentagon Boosts Spending On PR Efforts, Raises Propaganda Concerns

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human ter...

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...

CIA Director's Confirmation Stalled Over Missing Papers

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With President Obama's national security team nearly all in place, there is one high-level appointee who could still be weeks away from walking into h...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

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.

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.

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.