Saturday, May 16, 2009

Nancy Pelosi Has Her Work Cut Out

This was the message from Leon Panetta, a longtime Democrat and now head of the CIA, to the Agency employees regarding the allegations of Nancy Pelosi. He doesn't seem to put much credence in her either.

Nancy Pelosi's New Book: Abusing Power

Can the calls for her impeachment or at the very least loss of her position as Speaker be far off?

Message from the Director: Turning Down the Volume

Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta: Turning Down the Volume

May 15, 2009


There is a long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business. It predates my service with this great institution, and it will be around long after I’m gone. But the political debates about interrogation reached a new decibel level yesterday when the CIA was accused of misleading Congress.

Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.

My advice—indeed, my direction—to you is straightforward: ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission. We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country.

We are an Agency of high integrity, professionalism, and dedication. Our task is to tell it like it is—even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.

Leon E. Panetta (CIA)

1 comment :

  1. Pelosi needs to be removed from office. Her ineffectual bumbling at the latest presser should prove to everyone her complete incompetence and inability to be rational. Makes me wonder if her socialist programing has broken down somewhat, after she degenerated into READING her own statement!! Why not tell the truth, Nancy my girl and then you wouldn't have to rely on statements. Such parsing we can do without! Oh, that's right, they're socialists. I forgot. Truth is relative. Buh-bye Nancy.