President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, Leon E. Panetta, said Friday that he intended to test the claims by current agency officials that coercive interrogation methods were effective in getting terrorism suspects to talk.
Panetta’s comments were the latest indication that the Obama administration may restore some of the CIA’s authority to use interrogation techniques that go beyond those allowed for the U.S. military.
But Panetta emphasized that he would also examine the downside of using coercive methods, and that the agency would operate within the law.
Yup. Pretty equivocal indeed. Hope and Change may have just taken another hit.