Leon Panetta Vows Honesty As DCI
Panetta Vows Honesty as CIA Director Leon Panetta is overseeing major changes in the CIA as directed by President Obama, including an end to the use of harsh interrogation tactics and the closure of secret prisons.
Director Leon Panetta promised honest leadership as he took the helm Thursday of an agency with a public image tarnished by allegations of torture and faulty intelligence estimates.
Cheering CIA employees welcomed Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden, who swore him in, to the agency at Panetta's ceremonial oath-taking. Panetta has been settling in as the CIA's new director for...
Vice President Joe Biden:
"We expect you to provide independent analysis and not engage in group-think," Biden told the agency personnel. "We expect you to tell us the facts as you know them, wherever they may lead, not what you think we want to hear. And we expect you to give us your best judgment. We will ask no more, but we will ask no less,"
Panetta, a former member of Congress and Clinton White House chief of staff, said his goal would be to re-establish a relationship with the intelligence committees in the Capitol. He pledged honesty with President Barack Obama, within the CIA, and "most importantly, with the people we serve."
Panetta is overseeing major changes in the CIA as directed by Obama, including an end to the use of harsh interrogation tactics and the closure of secret prisons.