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  •  Ron Wyden (D-OR) knew (8+ / 0-)

        Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the intelligence panel, said Panetta is a "savvy" Washington veteran who can change the agency.

       Under Bush, the CIA has faced criticism that it tortured suspected terrorists or sent them to countries known for rough interrogation tactics.

       ‘Dubious Programs’

       Panetta’s "challenge is to get the CIA out of the business of dubious programs of questionable effectiveness and legality and get it back to the business of fighting terrorism ferociously," said Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who served with Panetta in the House.

       Wyden said that he was consulted on the choice and that Panetta would be "well received" in the Senate.

    ..Feinstein said she didn't.

    You've neglected the best part.

    Also, you've omitted Lee Hamilton.

    Hamilton, who once headed the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Panetta’s lack of experience in intelligence gathering operations isn’t a hindrance in running the agency.

    "He will bring a very needed perspective, an outside perspective, to the CIA at a critical time in the agency’s history," Hamilton, now president of the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center, said in an interview.

    Hamilton said Panetta would have dealt with intelligence material "on a daily basis" while serving as White House chief of staff and also in his work on the Iraq Study Group, an independent commission that studied U.S. policy in Iraq. Hamilton was co-chairman of that group.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 06:34:19 AM PST

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