January 17th, 2015
11:19 AM ET

Panetta on 'intelligence failure' over Paris attack

Fareed speaks with former CIA Director Leon Panetta about whether there was an intelligence failure over the attacks in Paris last week. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

What was your sense of the quality of French intelligence? I mean one often hears that not only are they pretty good, but they're pretty aggressive. Would that be your sense?

Panetta: Well, there's no question that, I think, the failure to be able to have prevented the attack that took place in Paris was an intelligence failure. And I know they had these individuals on watch lists. I know that, in some ways, they were tracking them, but because of priorities or because of resources, obviously, they weren't aware that these attacks were going to be conducted.

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  1. banasy©

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    January 17, 2015 at 8:21 pm |
    • banasy©

      Ah, I've got the answer: because actually being self-aware is much harder than whining about imaginary rock-throwing.

      January 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm |
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    January 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm |
  3. Philip chef

    When they say that your cooking stinks they are in fact throwing rocks at you in their tiny little minds.

    January 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm |
    • banasy©

      What the hell are you talking about? Who said anything about your cooking at all?

      January 17, 2015 at 8:42 pm |
  4. Philip chef

    Stop that man! says one man. And just then a very small dog bites at his ankles. Hardly a "rebuttal".

    January 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm |
    • banasy©

      "Please make sense!" said the fellow posters, "or buy a diary!"

      January 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm |
      • Blue Philip

        Lol. As if all is for you.

        January 17, 2015 at 8:49 pm |
      • banasy©

        I'd posit it is vanity-writing on your part, giving you bragging rights that you're "published"; because everything you've written on this page has been completely nonsensical, understood only by you.

        January 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm |
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    Barbara "wa wa" Walters says Obama was supposed to be like "second coming" to the average American. Who is now workshy AND obese AND in debt.

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  7. Blue Philip

    Umm. I said something about my cooking. But you did not hear. You have no ears. Only a big mouth. A very big mouth for a female.

    January 17, 2015 at 8:51 pm |
    • banasy©

      "When they say that your cooking stinks they are in fact throwing rocks at you in their tiny little minds."

      I will ask you this again: who said anything about your cooking?

      Unless you are throwing stones at yourself.

      January 17, 2015 at 8:55 pm |
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  12. Khalid rehman

    Am listening to your interview with Leon Panetta. So far I have not heard one single innovative idea. More intelligence, more cooperation and coming down hard are old cliches and have not solved the problems. I think that folks like Panetta are smart but don't have the courage to say the right things. Because criticizing the route causes of the world wide militancy is not politically correct.

    January 18, 2015 at 10:20 am |
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    urgent call for the Pink Panter.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm |
  14. nubwaxer

    panetta is still selling us on the notion we need more of an expansive and expensive police state and perpetual war. loss of liberties in the USA is not a solution. our overseas adventures that continually create more terrorists is not a solution. as fareed pointed out with facts that all terrorist attacks are directly reactions to USA military interventions in muslim countries.
    panetta comes off as nothing other than a military and intelligence agencies stooge and we should avoid following his recommendations.

    January 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm |
  15. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Meanwhile thanks to him and the rest of the warmongers...the top 1% has acquired more wealth than the whole 99% rest of humanity!!!

    January 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm |
  16. chri§§y

    Hmmm was this the door you intended @ banasy?

    February 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm |
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    America is all about implanting people,,, look at 'Targeted Individuals' ,,, go down to the court house,, find a PC inmate, ask them if in the last 4-6 years they have herd the voices,, audio hallucinations from the miss use and malicious use of the technologies of the cochlear implant to create sound,, probe the subconscious, see everything the targeted individual sees , feels ,, and hears and is recorded on a supercomputer,, then move that intellectual and intrusive surveillance tactic/ gimick over to europe see what happens..... ask the U.N,,, ask the World Health Organization,, ask the swiss pharmaceuticals...... Technology,, mental health,,,, biomedical science ,,,, social engineering

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