Panetta Confirmed

Associated Press
Friday, February 13, 2009

The Senate confirmed Leon Panetta as director of the CIA yesterday, placing the nation's top spy agency in the hands of a government veteran valued for his skills as a lawmaker and policy manager rather than an expert at intelligence-gathering and analysis.

The Senate approved President Obama's choice on a voice vote.

During two days of confirmation hearings last week, Panetta told senators that the Obama administration would not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations, even if the tactics constituted torture, as long as they did not go beyond their instructions.

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