Friday, October 09, 2009

Going "Astray" and "Ignorance" is basically the same Hebrew and Greek Words

Mat 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

"Astray" from the strong's:

1) to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way

a) to go astray, wander, roam about

2) metaph.

a) to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive b) to be led into error c) to be led aside from the path of virtue, to go astray, sin d) to sever or fall away from the truth 1) of heretics e) to be led away into error and sin.

I don't think this covers willful beligerence towards God! This sheep that went astray did so accidentally. To me this sounds like sound doctrine!

Further more we have this: Hebrews 9:7 "But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:"

"Errors" here is also translated into "sins of ignorance"

This is the NIV: "But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance." (I am quoting from the NIV simply because it is the correct translation as verified by the Strong's Concordance.)

Strong's Concordance for "errors" in Hebrews 9:7 (KJV): "

1) a sin committed through ignorance or thoughtlessness"

Check out the OT: "And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him." Number 15:28

Hebrews 10:26: "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,"

Job 28:28 "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding."

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Thomas Richards

1 john 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
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Thomas Richards

sins NOT unto death are sins of ignorance.
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From: A.D.

"hmmmm, define "ignorance." i know that poisoning your body in ignorance (welcome swine flu vaccine) still leads you down the same path as one who studies the subject and still chooses to get it...or by "ignorance" are you indicating a more child-like stupidity, like cheating at cards?"
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Thomas Richards

according to Strong's:


1) to go astray, err, commit sin or errora) (Qal)... Read More1) to err (mentally)

2) to sin (ignorantly or inadvertently)

It's good to look at other verses that speak of ignorance in context.

Like Deu 19:4: "And this [is] the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past."


1Ti 1:13 "Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy , because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief."

This even shows further WHY Paul received forgiveness. He "obtained mercy, because" he did it in ignorance.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

in the last days perilous times shall come

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gary Dale Cearley is a false witness

Recently I was confronted by a man I consider to be a Jesuit Coadjutor (helper) and a Vatican Shill.

His blog is entitled "Thou Shalt not Bare False Witness." Who is this directed to? A dead man named Alberto Rivera (Ex Jesuit Priest). Seeing this man Gary wasn't getting much of a response from Alberto, he decided to go after someone a little more lively. Me.
Link to Cearley's Blog Challenge

He began confronting me over my comments to a book he wrote refuting Alberto Rivera's info tying the Papacy to Islam. Why would someone who professes to be a baptist (Clinton claimed to be a Baptist also) take it upon himself to TRY and vindicate both the Papacy and Islam all the while attempting to DEBUNK Alberto Rivera?

Right there should have any serious researcher VERY suspicious. When I began reading excerpts of his book I found a lot of these types of wordings. "it was known to be" or "it is well known that..." as if this verifies his info.

Gary Dale Cearley

While reading these types of things i couldn't help to think that this mans book is TRASH. I don't consider Alberto infallible. I am open to anything and if I saw enough evidence to show Alberto is a fraud I would never promote his work and I would completely disassociate myself from him.

But this has not happened. over and over again i see his words verified. Can alberto misspeak? can he get a fact wrong? yes he can. I lived on a US NAVY vessel and knew like the back of my hand it's exact dimensions and the exact manning, etc. if I tried to tell you the exact dimensions today i may get some of it wrong. Does that mean i wasn't on the ship? NO! Does it mean I wasn't in the NAVY? NO!

So, recently i began to look again at this man who is publicly calling me out and here's what i found right away.

I just began looking a little bit into the Gary Cearly who confronted me on his blog in regards to Alberto Rivera's testimony. Just to show you a taste of what this man is all about, he interviews Dr. Walid Mustafa, a Professor of islam at the University of Bethlehem in Israel.

here is the school:

"Bethlehem University of the Holy Land is a Catholic Christian co-educational institution of higher learning founded in 1973..."

As you can see, this man Gary Cearley actually tries to use a professor from a CATHOLIC University to debunk Alberto Rivera!

You can begin reading that and see what this Professor is about and what his sources are. THIS WAS THE FIRST THING I FOUND IN RESEARCHING THIS MAN! what will I find next? I don't know if I need to continue.

Here is the Professor he interviewed.

Additionally, when I began reading this interview I saw that the professor has a slanted version of history. First of all the Jews who left Egypt with Moses didn't study Judaism as this Professor suggests. they followed only the law of Moses. "Judaism" is a much newer religion which I believe started around the time or after the time of Christ. I would have to look at that to get the exact details. ("Judaism" or the religion the Jews practice now is not what any of the Jews practiced of old. "Judaism" is not even found in the Old or New Testaments of the Bible. "Judaism" started after 70 AD when the Temple was destroyed by the Romans.)

But these are the reasons I said what I said about Cearly. When I started looking at things he was saying way back when I saw that he was washed up.

Not to mention the other links i have included in this thread along with Dr. Veith's incredible lecture entitled "The Islamic connection"

I would say that this Cearley who has challenged me has found himself buried under a mountain of evidence tying Islam to the papacy that he would NEVER be able to dig himself out of.

Thomas Richards

Now let's see if he approves my comment in his blog...

EDIT: Gary Dale Cearley has finally, after almost a year, approved my comment. Additionally he's acting like he didn't wait to post it and doesn't explain why he waited so long.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Faces of Meth and a Foster Parent

Attention, This is a 2016 edit of this page. It has been exposed that "Faces of Meth" is propaganda tailor made for the bogus war on drugs. Also read this (Crack Then. Meth Now.) for your own education. It turns out Meth is actually virtually the same drug as Adderall which is liberally prescribed by doctors all over the world. Please read this article and this article to read the details.

But that doesn't remove the hypocrisy of state agencies and people involved in the story below.

This woman looks as if she lost her soul.. Look at more pics

Look at what a former Meth Lab did to a family's health after they moved into the house. ~Story

Now read this article:

"Lawton foster mother arrested after meth lab found in home with kids"

Michigan authorities removed two children from a licensed Van Buren County foster mother Tuesday evening after finding an active meth lab in the home.

The lab was discovered when the Lawton Police Department, assisted by other agencies, investigated possible methamphetamine production and found evidence in the home’s basement.

That’s when police also discovered that the small children were placed with the 51-year-old foster mother, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.

They were returned to Child Protective Services for relocation by Berrien County, since that’s where their custody cases originate.

Police plan to file meth manufacturing charges against the woman, whose name has not been publicly released.

-end article-

I wish Foster Homes would be overly scrutinized like parents are..

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Al Zimmerman, DCF, Arrested On CHILD PORN Charges

TAMPA, Fla. — A former spokesman for Florida's child welfare agency was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison Friday for taking nude photos of teenage boys, including a 16-year-old under the agency's care.

Al Zimmerman's arrest prompted a review of hiring policies and personnel files at the Florida Department of Children and Families to make sure every employee has had a criminal background check. The former TV newsman pleaded guilty in January to a charge of producing child pornography. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Zimmerman apologized to the victims and his family.

"I keep hoping I'll wake up from this, that it's a bad dream," he said. "I've pretty much destroyed my life."

U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Zimmerman to 24 years, four months, which was at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines.

One of his attorneys, Eric Kuske, said Zimmerman waived an opportunity to argue for a lower sentence because he wanted to save his family and the victims the humiliation of having details of the crimes recounted in court.

"Most of my tears have been for the people who have suffered for my mistakes," Zimmerman told the judge.

Prosecutor Colleen Murphy-Davis said Zimmerman preying on a child in the foster care system was "the ultimate insult." Zimmerman was the public face and media liaison for the child welfare agency.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Zimmerman paid one boy for sending him photos and took his own photos of the boy posing nude and masturbating.

The boy told investigators his friends began gathering at Zimmerman's house, where they were given alcohol, the document said. Zimmerman lived in Lakeland in central Florida and part-time in Tallahassee.

Another boy told investigators he photographed himself nude with his cell phone camera on five or six occasions and sent the photos to Zimmerman, who then sent him money.

The documents also detailed explicit e-mails authorities said Zimmerman sent to one of the boys describing poses and activities he wanted in photographs to get top dollar from overseas pornographers.

After learning that he was being investigated, Zimmerman asked a child welfare agency computer technician to throw his home computer in an outdoor trash container so authorities couldn't get access to it, prosecutors said.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Ashton Lundeby, 16, is being held under the USA Patriot Act

Teen's mom questions Patriot Act

Ashton Lundeby, 16, is being held under the USA Patriot Act on a criminal complaint that a bomb threat was made from his Oxford home the night of Feb. 15.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

State probes apparent suicide of foster child, 7

State probes apparent suicide of foster child, 7

A work group has been appointed to investigate factors leading up to a 7-year-old foster child's apparent suicide.


Gabriel Myers, the 7-year-old Broward boy who hanged himself in
the shower of his foster home.

Florida's top child-welfare administrator has appointed a work group to look into the April 16 death of Gabriel Myers, the 7-year-old boy who took his own life at a Broward County foster home after a stormy nine-month odyssey through the state foster-care system.

At the top of the priority list for Department of Children & Families Secretary George Sheldon will be an examination of the state's reliance on psychiatric drugs for children in state care.


The issue has troubled the department since the early 2000s, when a Broward child advocate claimed the drugs were being used as ''chemical restraints'' on unruly children.

Sheldon has asked administrators to begin reviewing the files of 2,200 children, or about seven percent of those in state care, to determine precisely which medications the children are being administered, he said. Gabriel, who was originally from Ohio, had been prescribed a handful of mind-altering drugs in his final months, DCF has said.

''I have serious concerns about a 7-year-old on the number of medications he was on,'' Sheldon said. Because DCF acts as the parent for foster kids, Sheldon said, the agency must ensure that children are being administered only the medications they truly need.

''It is difficult for any of us to comprehend how a child so young could have deliberately and consciously made the decision to end his life,'' Sheldon said. ``But in order to help prevent this type of tragedy from happening again, it is critical we review all available information to determine the factors that led to Gabriel's death.''

Overseeing the work will be Jim Sewell, a former deputy commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who has been working with Sheldon in recent months. Sheldon said he expects the review to be thorough, and he hopes Sewell's law enforcement background will help the team dig deeply into the boy's troubled past.

Gabriel came into state care in June when his mother was found nearly unconscious in a car with the boy in a Denny's parking lot. Inside the car were several prescription drugs, including Xanax. Reports said Candace Myers had dozed so deeply she did not notice that officers had taken the boy.


In coming months, Gabriel lived with a maternal uncle, then moved to a foster home, and then to another home in Margate, and through it all his condition worsened. On April 16, he got into a squabble with the 19-year-old son of his foster father, announced his intention to kill himself, and then hanged himself from a detachable metal shower cord.

Sheldon said he also will ask the work group to study the state's handling of children who have been the victims of sexual abuse, and who then go on to seek other victims. Records show Gabriel had been molested by an older boy in Ohio, and had begun to act out sexually among other children.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Hitler's Death Camps - Holocaust . . . or Inquisition?

Battle Cry
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
Gal. 4:16

Hitler's Death Camps
Holocaust . . . or Inquisition?

Issue Date: January/February 1989

Dr. Alberto Rivera, ex-Jesuit priest, says "holocaust" is the wrong word. He prefers "inquisition." "The Jews have not let us forget the Nazi slaughter of their people, but no one has continued to remind us of the other four to six million non-Jews also executed," he points out.

Bohdan Wytwycky in "The Other Holocaust" documents seven million non-Jewish civilian victims of the Nazi death machine in Poland, Ukraine and Belorussia. Historians suggest that the death camps and gas chambers were used specifically against the Jews, yet no serious investigation has been directed toward this even larger number of non-Jews who were executed. Dr Rivera states that in his training as a Jesuit he was taught that the Vatican manipulated the Nazi death machine not just against Jews, but more broadly against ` all "heretics."

When we remember that the Jesuits were specifically established to counter the "heresy" of the Reformation and that that objective has not changed, we are constrained to examine this other group of victims more carefully. Other books published by Chick Publications such as Secret History of the Jesuits by Paris, Godfathers and Smokescreens by Jack Chick, document the Vatican's support of Hitler's rise to power. History also proves that the Vatican has used every available means to stamp out "heretics." Romanism defines heretics as anyone who does not give blind obedience to the pope. Her treatment of them is most currently illustrated by the bloodshed in North Ireland and the attempt to turn South Vietnam into a Catholic dictatorship under President Diem just prior to the Vietnam War.

In that case, the "heretics" were the Buddhists who had to torch themselves in the streets to get enough world attention to stop their inquisition. Many of them converted to Catholicism under the persecution. ("Vietnam, Why Did We Go?" by Avro Manhattan.) The most detailed evidence available that many of these World War II executions resulted from the refusal to convert to Catholicism comes from Croatia. Avro Manhattan in his book, "Catholic Terror Today," provides extensive photo and documented evidence of the inquisitional nature of the war.

Upon the disintegration of Yugoslavia, Ante Pavelitch became the leader of the independent Catholic state of Croatia under the protection of Mussolini and Hitler. Pope Pius XII also supported him with diplomacy and money. When he was firmly in control, he issued an ultimatum to the non-Catholic population (heretics): convert to Catholicism or die. Most of them were Eastern Orthodox and their churches were closed, parish documents destroyed and worshipers often arrested, imprisoned in their own churches and set on fire. Those who did not convert were submitted to unbelievable torture or were slaughtered outright. (See Smokescreens, chapter 3.)

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Intereligious Dialogue in New Jersey

Let's look at the combination of people involved in this "intereligious dialogue" (Or "Interfaith Dialogue"). You have the media, The Roman catholic church, the FBI, the Child "Protection" Agency of NJ, The Governor of NJ and much more.

Interfaith Dialog Center awards NJ notables

Master of Ceremonies

Kent Manahan, Senior Anchor, NJN News


Community Service Awards

Governor Jon S. Corzine

The IDC recognizes the Hon. Corzine for his efforts to restore the state's fiscal viability and to improve the economy in this recessionary time, as well as his contributions to tolerance and dialogue in NJ. Governor Corzine was introduced by Sen. Loretta Weinberg, District 37.

Mr. Weysan Dun, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Newark Division

The IDC recognizes Special Agent Dun for his continued fight for a safer New Jersey and building bridges between law enforcement and the Muslim community in New Jersey. Mr. Dun was introduced by Mr. Thomas E. Durkin, Jr., Durkin & Durkin, LLP. (Jesuit Schooled, Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great)

Peace and Tolerance Awards

Bishop Arthur Serratelli, RC Diocese of Paterson

The IDC recognizes Bishop Serratelli for his valuable contributions to Christian-Muslim dialogue in Northern New Jersey. Rev. Msgr. James T. Mahoney, Vicar General, introduced the Bishop.

Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director, Center for Interreligious Understanding

The IDC recognizes Rabbi Bemporad for his efforts to improve Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue in our local community and worldwide. Prof. Robert M. Seltzer, Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York presented Rabbi Bemporad.

Media Award

Ms. Elizabeth Christopherson, Executive Director, NJN

The IDC recognizes Ms. Christopherson for her vision and commitment to improve New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and Radio as a family oriented network that respects and encourages diversity. She was presented by Dr. Clement Price, Director of Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University introduced Ms. Christopherson.

Education Award

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

PSEG is recognized by the Interfaith Dialog Center for its strong commitment to educational development in the community, thereby contributing to the success of New Jersey's future. PSEG was introduced by Dr. Mesut Sahin, NJIT.

IDC Special Recognition Award

Dr. Maxine Beach, Vice President and Dean of School of Theology, Drew University

Dr. Beach is recognized for her exceptional contributions to interfaith dialogue activities and collaboration with the Turkish community. Dr. Laurel Kearns presented Dr. Beach.

Date: Sunday June 8, 2008

Time: 6:00 pm.


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We thank them for buying a table (10 seats).

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I just found that this Thomas E. Durkin Jr. (the one who presented the award to the Newark FBI SAC) is a Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and graduated from [Jesuit] Fordham

Fordham University School of Law ( J.D., 1952)

Fordham University ( B.A., 1949)

So you have a Bishop, an FBI boss and a Jesuit Schooled Knight having a nice chat.

Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, (ctr) Diocese of Paterson, was awarded the Peace & Tolerance Award while Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of FBI Newark office, was given a Community Service Award at the awards dinner. They are with Thomas Durkin, Jr. an attorney who introduced Dun.

Honoree Weysan Dun, special agent in charge of FBI Newark office speaks with Brian Reich, deputy chief, Bergen County Justice Center, Hackensack. Behind them are Marge Caldwell, New Jersey Dept. of Children & Families (DYFS), Trenton and Patrick Brannigan, ex. dir. New Jersey Catholic Conference.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Obama Selects Jesuit Schooled Leon Panetta for CIA Chief

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Obama Selects Jesuit Schooled Leon Panetta for CIA Chief

Panetta to Be Named C.I.A. Director

By Carl Hulse AND Mark Mazzetti

Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff. (Kevin Wolf/Associated Press)President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods he decried as torture, Democratic officials said Monday.

Mr. Panetta has a reputation in Washington as a competent manager with strong background in budget issues, but has little hands-on intelligence experience. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take control of the agency most directly responsible for hunting senior Al Qaeda leaders around the globe, but one that has been buffeted since the Sept. 11 attacks by leadership changes and morale problems.

Given his background, Mr. Panetta is a somewhat unusual choice to lead the C.I.A., an agency that has been unwelcoming to previous directors perceived as outsiders, such as Stansfield M. Turner and John M. Deutch. But his selection points up the difficulty Mr. Obama had in finding a C.I.A. director with no connection to controversial counterterrorism programs of the Bush era.

Aides have said Mr. Obama had originally hoped to select a C.I.A. head with extensive field experience, especially in combating terrorist networks. But his first choice for the job, John O. Brennan, had to withdraw his name amidst criticism over his role in the formation of the C.I.A’s detention and interrogation program after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Members of Mr. Obama’s transition also raised concerns about other candidates, even some Democratic lawmakers with intelligence experience. Representative Jane Harman of California, formerly the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was considered for the job, but she was ruled out as a candidate in part because of her early support for some Bush administration programs like the domestic eavesdropping program.

In disclosing the pick, officials pointed to Mr. Panetta’s sharp managerial skills, his strong bipartisan standing on Capitol Hill, his significant foreign policy experience in the White House and his service on the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel that examined the war and made recommendations on United States policy. The officials noted that he had a handle on intelligence spending from his days as director of the Office and Management and Budget.

Mr. Deutch, now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said Mr. Panetta and Dennis Blair, who was selected by Mr. Obama to become director of national intelligence, were an “absolutely brilliant team,” and called Mr. Panetta a “talented and experienced manager of government and a widely respected person with congress.”

He said that given global environment, there are indeed good reasons for Mr. Obama to select a C.I.A. veteran to lead the C.I.A. But he said that two of the agency’s most successful directors, John McCone and George H.W. Bush, had little or no intelligence intelligence experience when they took over at C.I.A.

“He will bring a wealth of knowledge of the government to the C.I.A. post and an outside perspective that I think might be helpful at this juncture in the C.I.A.’s history,” said Lee Hamilton, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group.

As C.I.A. director, Mr. Panetta would report to Mr. Blair, a retired admiral. Neither choice has yet been publicly announced. The C.I.A. has settled down from years of turmoil after the Sept. 11 attacks and fallout from flawed intelligence assessments about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs.

At the same time, it faces uncertainly about where it fits in the constellation of spy agencies operating under the director of national intelligence. In recent months, Michael V. Hayden, the current C.I.A. director, has clashed with Mike McConnell, the current director of national intelligence, about Mr. McConnell’s efforts to fill top intelligence jobs overseas with officers from across the intelligence community, not just the C.I.A.

Mr. Panetta, a native of Monterey, Calif., served eight terms in the House representing his home region before becoming the chief budget adviser to President Bill Clinton in 1993. He then served as Mr. Clinton’s chief of staff from July 1994 to January 1997.

Given the focus on the intelligence apparatus in the wake of the terror attacks and the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr. Obama’s selections in the intelligence field are expected to be closely examined.

Mr. Hamilton said that if confirmed, Mr. Panetta will have the advantage of moving to the agency headquarters in Langley, Va. with a strong relationship to Mr. Obama, which can translate into influence within the broader intelligence community. He said Mr. Panetta’s lack of hands-on intelligence experience can be supplemented by others.

“You have to look at the team,” he said. “You clearly will want intelligence professionals at the highest levels of the C.I.A.,” he said.


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Leon Edward Panetta (born June 28, 1938) is a Democratic politician and scholar from California's Central Coast. He served as White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton, and before that was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 1993. He is the founder and director of the Panetta Institute, serves as Distinguished Scholar to the Chancellor of the California State University system and is a professor at JESUIT Santa Clara University teaching public policy. On January 5, 2009, FOX News reported that he will be named by President-elect Barack Obama as CIA Director.

Early life and schooling

Leon Panetta was born in Monterey, California, the son of Italian immigrants who owned a restaurant there. He was raised in the Monterey area, and attended Catholic schools St. Carlos Grammar School and Carmel Mission School. He continued his education at Monterey High School, a public school where he became involved in student politics. As a junior he was Vice President of the Student Body, and became President of the Student Body as a senior.

In 1956 he entered Santa Clara University, and in 1960 he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also received a Juris Doctor in 1963 from the Santa Clara University Law School, and soon after began practicing law.

In 1964 he joined the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. There he received the Army Commendation Medal, and was discharged in 1966 as a Captain.


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In January, 2009, Panetta was nominated by President-elect Obama to head the CIA.