Leon Panetta

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Person.png Leon Panetta  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornLeon Edward Panetta
Monterey, California, U.S.
Alma materSanta Clara University
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Member ofAtlantic Council/Board, Center for Strategic and International Studies/Board and Staff, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Oracle, Truman Center for National Policy
PartyRepublican, Democratic

Employment.png United States Secretary of Defense

In office
July 1, 2011 - February 27, 2013
Preceded byRobert Gates
Succeeded byChuck Hagel

Employment.png Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

In office
February 13, 2009 - June 30, 2011
DeputyMichael Morell
Preceded byMichael Hayden
Succeeded byMichael Morell

Employment.png White House Chief of Staff Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
July 17, 1994 - January 20, 1997

Employment.png Director of the Office of Management and Budget Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
January 21, 1993 - July 17, 1994
Preceded byRichard Darman

Employment.png Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget

In office
January 3, 1989 - January 21, 1993

Employment.png Chairman of the House Budget Committee

In office
January 3, 1989 - January 21, 1993

Leon E. Panetta was appointed Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency on 13 February 2009.[1]

Xe (Blackwater) revelations

After learning that the CIA had hired the private security contractor Xe (Blackwater) as part of a planned programme to assassinate Al Qaeda leaders, Panetta held an emergency meeting in June 2009 to brief Congress about the programme for the first time.[2]


Legal Case

Hedges v. ObamaDaniel Ellsberg
Chris Hedges
Noam Chomsky
Jenifer Bolen
Kai Wargalla
Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Alexa O'Brien
Barack Obama
Leon Panetta
John McCain
John Boehner
Harry Reid
Eric Cantor
John Michael McConnell
Nancy Pelosi
US Department of Defense
United States
13 January 201228 April 2014The plaintiffs challenged the 2012 NDAA contending that indefinite detention on "suspicion of providing substantial support" to groups such as al-Qaeda and the Taliban was so vague as to allow unconstitutional, indefinite detention of civilians based on vague allegations. The Court of Appeals struck down an initial agreement, and the US Supreme Court concurred, arguing that the plaintiffs could not prove they would be affected by the law, so had no standing to contest it.


  1. Leon. E Panetta], Central Intelligence Agency, 13 February 2009.
  2. Mark Mazzetti, C.I.A. Sought Xe (Blackwater)’s Help to Kill Jihadists, New York Times, 19 August 2009.