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    Per TPM
    Did Matthews Even Read the Memo?

    I'm a little unclear on this. I'm listening to Chris Matthews saying that CIA Director Leon Panetta just dished out some smackdown to Nancy Pelosi, claiming that the CIA records are accurate and that Pelosi is wrong. Only his memo doesn't say that at all. It's really not any different -- in terms of who's right and who's wrong -- than what he said when he released the original memos. Look what it says. It's highly hedged.

    Alas, Politico, CNN, AP and almost everyone else seems along for the spin.

    --Josh Marshall

    Panetta: It's Up To Congress To Figure Out Whether Our Records Are Accurate

    Panetta's letter

    Message from the Director: Turning Down the Volume

    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. (our itals)

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it. – Edward R. Murrow

    by Book of Hearts on Sat May 16, 2009 at 11:56:16 AM PDT

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