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CIA report indicates value of brutal torture was inflated

Washington D.c. - In the years before the December release of a declassified Senate Intelligence Committee report that detailed the C.I.A.'s use of torture and deceit in its detention program, the agency conducted an internal review.

Op-Ed: Where was President Obama during the Benghazi Consulate attack?

Washington - The White House wishes for the Benghazi disaster to go away, but the issue is well and alive and has caused a temporary delay in Chuck Hagel's confirmation as Secretary of Defense. A White House letter sent to three Senators leaves more questions.

Panetta opens combat roles to women

Washington - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced that the Pentagon is removing the military's ban on women serving in front-line combat, opening the door for American women to kill-- and be killed-- in increasing numbers.

US Department of Defense to lift ban on women in combat

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to announce he is removing the ban on women serving in combat, something women have pushed for for decades.

Obama could choose new defense secretary sooner than expected

US President Barack Obama may name his new defense secretary in December, which is much sooner than originally expected. He may choose to announce his pick for secretary of state at the same time.

CIA releases Panetta's jotted memo to take down Osama bin Laden

The hand-written memo authorizing a mission to kill Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, written one year ago, has been released. The note with the heading "Memo for the Record," was scribbled by Leon Panetta, then director of CIA on the morning of April 29.

U.S. concerned as Osama bin Laden informant faces treason charges

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says he is concerned about a Pakistani doctor who provided the key information to find al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

U.S. Defense Secretary pays historic visit to Libya

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta became the first Pentagon chief to set foot on Libyan soil after he arrived in Tripoli on Saturday for talks with the new leadership of the north African country.

Regional concerns rising in Israel as Panetta warns on isolation

With anxiety growing in Israel that Iran may adopt Israel's nuclear ambiguity position and with calls by Netanyahu for changes to the Quartet Middle East peace plan, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Israel's growing isolation.

US contemplates 3,000 troops to remain in Iraq

Washington - Although no final decision has been made on the number of US troops remaining in raq after 2011, discussions between the Obama administration and Iraqi government include an option of keeping 3,000 forces there starting next year.

Panetta sounds off, blames Iran for violence in Iraq

Baghdad - New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iranian weapons being used in Iraq to arm extremists and kill American troops, noting those weapons pose a serious threat and the US should not just “stand back” in allowing it to happen.

New Al-Qaeda chief lives in Pakistan, says US

Islamabad - The United States believes that Al-Qaeda’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahiri is living in Pakistan and expects Pakistan to go after al-Zawahiri.

Petraeus and Panetta to get new roles in Obama administration

Washington - A major shakeup in the Obama administration is set to occur this week, with CIA director Leon Panetta becoming defense secretary and Gen. David Petraeus, top commander in Afghanistan, taking over as director of the CIA.

CIA, FBI warn of imminent terrorist attack in U.S.

A terrorist attack on U.S. soil is certain, according to Leon Pannetta, the nation's top security official. He warns Al Qaeda is ready to strike, and the nation must be prepared.

CIA Director Panetta threatened to quit during White House fight

Director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, allegedly threatened to resign his post during a White House fight with senior Obama Administration officials.

CIA Director: Congress, CIA Should Move On

Eight years have passed since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and many policies were put forth under the Bush administration; Constitutional or not. Leon Panetta, CIA director, says all inquiries should end.

Op-Ed: CIA Assassination Squads? It Sounds Like The Movies

CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress that he has canceled a top-secret CIA program that could have created hit squads to kill senior al-Qaeda operatives. The idea of CIA assassination teams evokes movie-style images.

Panetta Says It Looks Like Cheney Wants America To Get Attacked

CIA director Leon Panetta is not a fan of Dick Cheney's latest criticisms of President Barack Obama it seems. Panetta told New Yorker magazine it appears that Cheney wants the US to be attacked.

Obama Skips over Feinstein to Appoint Panetta CIA Head

The appointment of Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, to head the CIA has many scratching their heads. Why would a novice President-elect appoint an intelligence rookie at a time of war?

Former Congressman Leon Panetta is New US C.I.A. Chief

President -elect Barack Obama has appointed former Congressman Leon Panetta to head the United States C.I.A. Mr. Panetta is known to have opposed any policy that would use torture and abuse in interrogations by C.I.A. and related agencies of government.

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