From the diaries by Erick.
The “move on” President has announced he’s ready to “look back”.
President Barack Obama has approved creation of a new, special terrorism-era interrogation unit to be supervised by the White House, a top aide said Monday, pushing further distancing his administration from Bush administration detainee policies.
The new unit does not mean the CIA is now out of the interrogation business, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters covering the vacationing Obama at Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
How convenient for this latest flip-flop to be announced just AFTER he goes into hiding for two weeks.
It seems Leon Panetta is none too happy about how this is all shaking out.
A “profanity-laced screaming match” at the White House involving CIA Director Leon Panetta, and the expected release today of another damning internal investigation, has administration officials worrying about the direction of its newly-appoint [sic] intelligence team, current and former senior intelligence officials tell ABC News.com.
Amid reports that Panetta had threatened to quit just seven months after taking over at the spy agency, other insiders tell ABCNews.com that senior White House staff members are already discussing a possible shake-up of top national security officials.
This is all starting to make sense. The CIA isn’t out of the interrogation business – perhaps they’ll waterboard everyone in the Bush CIA who was involved in interrogation planning or execution. That makes about as much sense as anything else coming out of the Obama Administration these days.