| Leon Panetta
|Leon Edward Panetta
Monterey, California, U.S.
|Santa Clara University
|Atlantic Council/Board, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Oracle, Truman Center for National Policy
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.
|Hedges v. Obama
US Department of Defense
United States of America
|13 January 2012
|28 April 2014
|The 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.
- Leon. E Panetta], Central Intelligence Agency, 13 February 2009.
- Mark Mazzetti, C.I.A. Sought Xe (Blackwater)’s Help to Kill Jihadists, New York Times, 19 August 2009.