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CIA Chief: Torture Debate in a ‘Nation at War’ a Distraction

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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.” >>>

More coverage of the Bush Administration’s use of torture on The Wire and The Blog.

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19 May 2009 at 6:42 pm

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