Meet CIA Director Leon Panetta
The day after voting his nomination out of committee, the full Senate confirmed Leon Panetta last night as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Former critic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the intelligence committee, urged his confirmation thusly:
President Obama has made clear that his selection of Leon Panetta was intended as a clean break from the past. A break from secret detentions and coercive interrogations. A break from outsourcing its work to a small army of contractors. And a break from analysis that was not only wrong, but the product of bad practice that helped lead our nation to war.