CIA Chief: Torture Debate in a ‘Nation at War’ a Distraction
19 May 09 | LAT
Speaking at the Pacific Council on International Policy, Panetta calls on lawmakers not to be distracted by the debate over Nancy Pelosi and waterboarding. ‘We are a nation at war,’ he says.
In a bid to defuse political skirmishing over the Bush administration’s interrogation methods, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta urged Congress on Monday not to allow the debate to become a distraction from the security threats facing the country.
“We are a nation at war,” Panetta said at a Los Angeles forum. “We have to confront that reality every day. And while it’s important to learn the lessons of the past, we must not do it in a way that sacrifices our capability to stay focused on the present, stay focused on the future, and stay focused on those who threaten the United States of America.” >>>