U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has announced key members of his intelligence team.
In Washington today, Friday, Mr. Obama announced the selection of retired U.S. Admiral Dennis Blair as the director of National Intelligence. Blair is a former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific.
Mr. Obama also announced his pick for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, a choice leaked to the media several days ago, with some critics questioning Panetta's intelligence experience. Panetta served in the military, is a former California congressman, and was White House chief of staff for former President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Obama noted the importance of all 16 intelligence agencies working together as the nation faces unconventional security threats, including from terror networks and failed states. He also reiterated that under his administration, the United States will not torture, and will abide by the Geneva Conventions.