Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Frances Townsend Weighs in on Leon Panetta

President Bush's ex-Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend commented on Leon Panetta's CIA appointment on CNN. She had many nice things to say about Leon as man and manager, but she couldn't endorse him. Her piece stated:

Career intelligence officials need a leader they can count on to protect their mission from inappropriate political interference and who would be willing to defend their efforts when, as is often the case, they are attacked based on less than accurate or complete facts.

Hmmmm, didn't George W. Bush and Richard P. Cheney impose inappropriate political interference on that very same CIA, even with a seasoned spook in charge? The record indicates the nefarious pair did.

As for Mrs. Townsend, she knows "less than accurate or complete facts" from her White House Lessons Learned report on Hurricane Katrina. Fran omitted any mention of Memorial Medical Center and the facility's 34 patient deaths.

Twenty four belonged to LifeCare, an affiliate of the Carlyle Group. The politically connected private equity underwriter (PEU) has offices just down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. Carlyle purchased LifeCare weeks before landfall.

Ten patients were the responsibility of Tenet Health, a for-profit hospital chain. Tenet owned the building and rented space to LifeCare. A year after Fran's less than complete report was published, Jeb Bush landed a spot on the Tenet Board of Directors. His pay came to $37,000 a day.

Yes, the public deserves honesty from their intelligence officials. Frances Fragos Townsend proved her inability to deliver. Maybe, Leon deserves a chance.

Will Leon let the public know about Carlyle's Landmark Aviation, a provider of rendition flights? Will he spill the beans on the hush hush sale of Landmark to Dubai Aerospace?

What about Carlyle's Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the huge government consulting firm and intelligence contractor? Is that relationship at risk if Mr. Panetta takes the top spy position? Doubtful.

C'mon Fran, what are you really afraid of? It looks like the telling the truth. This infamous omitter is currently advising the Obama camp. That doesn't inspire confidence.

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