June 9, 2009 |
CIA Director Leon Panetta told a federal judge Monday that releasing documents about the agency's terrorism interrogations would harm national security. Panetta sent an affidavit to New York federal judge Alvin Hellerstein, arguing that release of agency cables describing tough interrogation methods used on Al Qaeda suspects would tell the enemy too much. The CIA director filed the papers in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
February 6, 2009 |
Leon E. Panetta, President Obama's pick to lead the CIA, testified Thursday that he believes the harsh interrogation technique known as waterboarding is torture, and he vowed to end an era in which the CIA's conduct drew controversy in the United States and condemnation around the world. "I believe that waterboarding is torture and it's wrong," Panetta said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
January 7, 2009 |
After promising during the campaign to restore order and accountability to the nation's spy agencies, President-elect Barack Obama has been beset by uncharacteristic blunders in his effort to assemble an intelligence team. His selection of Leon E. Panetta as CIA director marked the first time Obama faced immediate opposition from his own party over a Cabinet nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2008 |
A new reform group is proposing several fixes to Sacramento's red-ink budget writing. And one fix doesn't require a vote of the people or even legislators. It requires only intellectually honest and civil discourse. "Just a personal observation," says former Washington insider Leon Panetta, co-chairman of the group called California Forward. "Part of the problem across the street [at the Capitol] is that they don't spend a lot of time talking to each other."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2003 |
Gov. Gray Davis on Tuesday appointed Leon Panetta, the former White House budget director and chief of staff under President Clinton, to lead a bipartisan panel that will advise the governor and lawmakers on reshaping California's shaky fiscal structure. Panetta said he hoped to assemble a team of experts to make recommendations before the governor's next State of the State speech, scheduled for January.
December 17, 1998 |
Former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and his wife, Sylvia, are forming a new public policy institute at Cal State Monterey Bay. The Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization with the goal of inspiring young people to lives of public service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1998 |
Confronted with a cloud over UC Irvine's cancer research programs, Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone has ordered his senior staff to review the activities of a UCI scientist implicated in the use of unauthorized cancer treatments, officials said Friday. Cicerone's concerns include questions raised over the conduct of former UCI cancer specialist John C. Hiserodt and contained in a three-page report filed Dec. 8 by Dr. Yutaka Kikkawa, chair of pathology at UCI Medical Center.
December 11, 1998 |
Newly released documents show that a cancer-stricken Florida girl was given experimental treatments in a UC Irvine program after intervention from higher officials, and that two cancer doctors conducted "clandestine" research to help her.
January 29, 1998 |
At every crucial point in his ruminations about running for governor of California, Leon Panetta has been smacked upside the head by the specter of President Clinton's troubles. Last spring, after Panetta delivered a homecoming speech in Sacramento that was widely seen as his first public flirtation with the race, the former White House chief of staff was pressed by reporters about his knowledge of White House coffees, Lincoln Bedroom sleepovers and illegal foreign campaign donations.