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Leon Panetta

Leon Edward Panetta is the current Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who reports directly to the Director of National Intelligence and the President of the United States of America. An Italian American Democratic politician, lawyer, and professor, Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff from 1994 to 1997 and was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993. He is the founder and director of the Panetta Institute, served as Distinguished Scholar to Chancellor Charles B. Reed of the California State University System and professor of public policy at Santa Clara University. In January 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Panetta for the post of CIA Director; he was confirmed by the full Senate on February 12, 2009 and assumed the office the next day. » Read more on Wikipedia.org

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Panetta: Obama has 'mixed record' on national security
2014-04-17
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said President Obama had a “mixed record” on making tough national security decisions, and indicated that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be better at shaping the U.S. role in the geopolitical world.
(The Hill (blog))
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Pentagon Warns More Spending Reductions Mean More Risk
2014-04-16
For more than a year, the Pentagon declined to detail the impact of the battle-ax approach to cutting spending known as sequestration. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his allies bet that the prospect was so dire that lawmakers would reach a $1.2 ...
(TIME)
  1. DoD gives new sequestration details Public urgency missing from Washingtons ...

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Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Jay Rockefeller: Report on CIA interrogations ...
2014-04-12
This meant that CIA officers whom the committee might have interviewed now faced legal jeopardy, which led CIA Director Leon Panetta to decide not to compel agency personnel to participate in our interviews. And it was this Justice Department review ...
(Madison.com)

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    White House pressed to release report into CIA torture programme
    2014-04-11
    The feud between the CIA and the Senate committee partly concerns an internal agency report on the interrogation programme known as the 'Panetta review” after the former CIA director Leon Panetta. According to members of the Senate intelligence ...
    (Financial Times)

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      China warns U.S. ahead of Obama's visit, fearing high-profile tilt over ...
      2014-04-10
      An Obama administration official acknowledged to reporters traveling with Hagel that Beijing's tone was sharper on issues surrounding the South and East China seas than during the last visit by a U.S. defense secretary to China, by Leon Panetta in 2012.
      (The Japan Times)
      1. West vs China
      2. Sec Hagel to CNN's Jim Sciutto on Russia: "We're always vigilant and we're ...
      3. Chinese Military Leader Confronts Hagel With Bleak WWII Japanese Occupation ...

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      Judge throws out lawsuit on drone that killed American al-Qaeda leader
      2014-04-05
      The relatives sought unspecified damages from former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus, among other U.S. officials, for violation of the dead men's constitutional rights. Maria LaHood, a ...
      (Toronto Star)
      1. Federal judge dismisses Yemen drone strike lawsuit
      2. Suit Over Deadly Drone Strikes Is Tossed By Judge

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      House GOP pursues Benghazi 'stand down' order
      2014-03-29
      I have my suspicions, which is Secretary Clinton told Leon (Panetta) to stand down, and we all heard about the stand-down order for two military personnel. That order is undeniable. They were told not to get on — get off the airplane and kind of stand ...
      (TriValley Central)
      1. House GOP pursues Benghazi 'stand down' probe

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      Cyber Defense Force to Hit 6000 by 2016: Hagel
      2014-03-29
      After his predecessor, Leon Panetta, repeatedly warned of the possibility of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" and extolled the importance of deterring threats against U.S. infrastructure, Hagel emphasized that the U.S. military's main priority is deescalation ...
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        What we're finding in the Clinton documents
        2014-03-28
        Rahm forwarded the note to senior members of the Clinton team, including Leon Panetta, Harold Ickes, George Stephanopolous, Don Baer, Doug Sosnik and others. "I think that his points are worth your time," Emanuel wrote of the Axelrod memo. Possible ...
        (CNN - Canada (blog))
        1. What we found in the Clinton documents

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