Thursday, November 19, 2009

Linda Banetta Los amigos de mis enemigos enemigos son

It just seems to get
worse each day!!!

Linda Panetta the daughter of Leon Panetta, who was recently named by
Barack Obama to be the new CIA director.
Linda is a supporter of all the anti-American regimes in this Hemisphere. Here she is with Hugo Chavez [Venezuela] and Daniel Ortega [Nicaragua], two sworn enemies of the United States
She is a radical anti-American activist who wants to close theanti-terrorist School of the Americas, in Fort Benning,Georgia, where Colombian soldiers are trained. She says they are training criminals and is against any aid to the government of Colombia, our main ally in the region.
Would any reasonable and impartial individual be concerned if any of her activities are not duly probed and questionedduring her father's confirmation hearings, would the Senate "advise or consent?"
These are frightening facts which should be made known to the American public and they compel any reasonable and impartial Individual to pass them on.

Who is Linda Panetta?
February 13, 2009

Q: Is Leon Panetta’s daughter a "radical anti-American" who posed with Venezuela’s Chavez?
A: Actually, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA doesn’t even have a daughter. The woman pictured in a false viral e-mail message is a Philadelphia-based photographer who says she’s never met Leon Panetta.
Is this true?
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This chain e-mail is far from the truth, but it has fooled a number of right-leaning blogs and Web sites.
One blog claimed that Leon Panetta’s daughter is an "anti U.S. agitator" who "hangs out with enemies of the United States." Another called her "an avowed Marxist, anti-American, anti-military leftist." Many of them included the photograph that’s part of the e-mail above of Linda Panetta standing with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s arm draped over her shoulder as Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega looked on.
But this is at best a case of mistaken identity, if not an outright hoax. According to the biography posted on the site of Leon Panetta’s own think tank, he has three sons. No daughters.
Linda Panetta is actually a professional photographer based in Philadelphia whose organization and digital gallery is called Optical Realities. She told us in a telephone conversation that she had never met Leon Panetta, a former congressman and Clinton White House chief of staff. And she said, with what sounded to us like a trace of weariness, that she most definitely is "not his daughter."
A Distant Relative – Maybe
She may be distantly related to Leon Panetta, or perhaps not. She told us that her father is dead, but after she began getting calls about her supposed connection to Leon Panetta, she called an uncle to ask whether there is a family relationship. Her uncle, according to Linda, has met Leon Panetta. "He figured out that they might be third or fourth cousins," she told
Linda Panetta says that since the false e-mail began circulating, she has received so many messages – many of them hateful, a couple even threatening – that she stopped reading her e-mail.
She has indeed met Ortega and Chavez, as well as other Central and South American leaders. Her group’s stated mission is to "advocate for economic and social justice":
Optical Realities Mission Statement: Optical Realities is an organization that uses photojournalism and educational outreach to raise public awareness about world events, cultures, and the environment. We seek to use our first-hand knowledge and experiences in impoverished and war-torn areas of the world to advocate for economic and social justice. Through photo exhibits, presentations, and our website, we challenge and address conventional " First World " stereotypes at all levels in an attempt to dissolve prejudices and hostile feelings that often stem from misinformation or a lack of knowledge.
Many of Linda Panetta’s photos are of indigenous children. She began spending time in Central America, she says, during the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. She also has been active with the group School of the Americas Watch, which advocates for closing a controversial U.S. Army facility at Fort Benning, Ga., that trains military officers from Latin American countries; its graduates have included former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and former Salvadoran death squad commander Roberto D’Aubuisson. Political pressure forced the closure, at the end of 2000, of the School of the Americas, but it reopened the next year under a new name: the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
Footnote: This widely circulated claim is so blatantly false that it has been debunked by Accuracy in Media, an organization that normally devotes its efforts to accusing mainstream news coverage of having a liberal slant. This time it found error on the conservative side, a rare event for this group. AIM accused conservative bloggers of making "an embarrassing error" by publishing a claim that is "without evidence." Cliff Kincaid, editor of the AIM Report, wrote: "The misinformation became a vicious circle. One blog cited other mentions of the alleged connection as if additional stories constituted confirmation." Another way to put it: Two wrongs (or 20, or 472) don’t make a right.
Kincaid cited "the need for higher journalistic standards in the conservative blogosphere." We completely agree with that sentiment, though we would delete the word "conservative."
–Viveca Novak
Telephone interview with Linda Panetta, 10 Feb. 2009.
"School of the Americas Closes; Critics Called Facility a Training Ground for Latin Despots," The Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2000.
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UPDATE 1/06: Marc Ambinder reports that President-elect Obama is confident that Leon Panetta won't face serious opposition, despite Democratic Senators' grumblings.

"I think he's going to be fine," senior adviser David Axelrod said. Of concerns that Panetta might not have enough experience with the CIA's culture, Axelrod said Panetta "will do well. He's tough and smart."

Another Obama aide confirmed that the "hope was to roll it out later this week, which would obviously be after informing congress."

News networks are reporting that Leon Panetta, former congressman and White House chief of staff, will be President-elect Barack Obama's CIA Director.

The New York Times adds some background:

Mr. Panetta has a reputation in Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget issues, but has little hands-on intelligence experience. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al Qaeda leaders around the globe, but one that has been buffeted since the Sept. 11 attacks by leadership changes and morale problems. [...]

Given his background, Mr. Panetta is a somewhat unusual choice to lead the C.I.A., an agency that has been unwelcoming to previous directors perceived as outsiders, such as Stansfield M. Turner and John M. Deutch. But his selection points up the difficulty Mr. Obama had in finding a C.I.A. director with no connection to controversial counterterrorism programs of the Bush era.

The move came as a surprise, however, including to incoming Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is clearly not pleased. She gave the following statement to the Washington Independent:

"I was not informed about the selection of Leon Panetta to be the CIA Director. I know nothing about this, other than what I've read," said Senator Feinstein, who will chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 111th Congress.

"My position has consistently been that I believe the Agency is best-served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."

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